Covid cases in London have jumped by a fifth in a week, figures reveal


ovid cases in London have jumped by about a fifth in a week with the number of hospital patients with the disease in the capital now topping 1,000, new figures reveal.

Between October 17 and October 23 – the most recent complete week of data – a total of 26,465 new positive cases were identified in the capital, an increase of almost 4,000 from the previous week.

Almost 3,500 people tested positive for Covid-19 in London on October 28.

Though the rise in UK cases has begun to slow down, health chiefs have warned that the NHS faces significant pressure in the coming months due to the “double threat” of Covid and flu infections.

Lockdown measures that were in place for much of last winter led to “extremely low” levels of flu, but with no current plans to reintroduce restrictions this winter, experts from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have urged caution as “it will be the first time that we’ll be managing flu and Covid-19 simultaneously”.

Dr Yvonne Young, London deputy director for health protection at UKHSA, said: “In order to protect ourselves as much as possible from this double threat, we encourage everyone who is eligible to get their free vaccines. If you’re eligible for your Covid-19 booster, do make that appointment as soon as possible.

“If you’ve not yet had both doses, or your first vaccine, book yourself in or find your nearest walk-in clinic. Also, if you are the parent/guardian of a 12 to 15-year-old who hasn’t yet had their first dose you can book them in for theirs too.

“We know both viruses pose very serious health risks, so it’s vital that we all do everything we can to minimise those risks and defend ourselves and those around us.”

Despite concerns over rising Covid-19 cases, London still has the lowest rate in England of infections per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

The current rate in London is 294 cases per 100,000 people. By comparison, the South West of England has the highest rate at 709 per 100,000.


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