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London coronavirus cases down by 29,000 in a week amid signs Covid hospital admissions may have peaked


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ovid-19 is on the retreat in London with nearly 29,000 fewer confirmed cases a week while hospital admissions of patients with the virus appear to have also peaked, official figures reveal today.

However, the number of Covid patients in the city’s hospitals still remains very high, as does the level of the disease in many areas.

Seventeen boroughs saw falls of at least a third in confirmed cases in the week to January 16, with the biggest drop in Bexley of 43.7 per cent.

Redbridge, and Barking and Dagenham, both saw declines of 39.5 per cent, Bromley 38.7 per cent, Southwark 38 per cent, Tower Hamlets 37.4 per cent, Newham 36.9 per cent, Lewisham 36.7 per cent, Enfield 36.4 per cent, and Richmond 35.4 per cent.

The official figures show that:

– There were 28,706 fewer confirmed cases in the week to January 16, compared to the previous week.

– The seven-day rate in the capital fell to 678.7 infections per 100,000 Londoners in the week to January 16, down from a peak of 1118.1 on January 4.

– The rate for people aged 60 and over is at 629.6, and for the younger age group 688.3.

– Twenty-three boroughs still have a rate above 600, with three over 900; Hounslow on 927, Barking and Dagenham 919.7, and Brent 910.

– Richmond has the lowest rate but it is still 333.3, followed by Camden on 426.3, Kingston 428.7, Westminster 442, and Kensington and Chelsea 450.3.

– The number of Covid patients in the city’s hospital was 7,588 on January 20, down from 7,917 two days earlier.

– The number of coronavirus patients being admitted has fallen from 977 on January 6 to 704 on January 18, with 5,226 in the week to the latter date.

– The number of very severely ill Covid patients is not yet falling, with 1,208 individuals with the disease on ventilators as of January 20.

– There were 399 “incidents/situations” in care homes in the four weeks to mid-January, with 96 in the most recent week. Incidents/situations can range from outbreaks to suspected cases of the disease.

Dr Vin Diwakar, medical director of NHS London, told the No10 press conference on Thursday:  “It’s very early but we are seeing some glimmers of the impact of the lockdown in the NHS.

“So, in our general and acute beds, in 999 and in the 111 service, we have seen the number of people with coronavirus falling since last week.

“But that has not fed through to intensive care, the most seriously ill people, and that is because in this illness people become more unwell at about seven to ten days into the illness, that is when they deteriorate and go into hospital and may need intensive care.

“In London, the numbers of patients in intensive care beds went up yesterday, so it’s far too early to be thinking about the lockdown but there are early signs of hope because the lockdown measures we currently have in place do appear to be having an impact.”

Britain is among the world leaders in delivering Covid-19 jabs to its population, with around five million doses having been adminstered already.

The Government is aiming to step up the vaccination roll-out, opening new centres, so some 15 million people are offered the jab by mid-February in the four priority groups; people aged 70 and over, care home residents and staff, frontline health and social care workers, and those at high risk from the virus.

The full figures show that in Bexley, there were 1586 cases in the week to January 16, down 1,232 (43.7%) with a seven-day rate of 638.8, Redbridge 2340 cases, down 1,529 (39.5%) rate 766.7, Barking and Dagenham 1958 cases, down 1,277 (39.5%) rate 919.7, Bromley 1752 cases, down 1,106 (38.7%) rate 527.2, Southwark 2047 cases, down 1,253 (38%) rate 642, Tower Hamlets 2314 cases, down 1,380 (37.4%) rate 712.6, Newham 3162 cases, down 1,853 (36.9%) rate 895.4, Lewisham 2013 cases, down  1,167 (36.7%) rate 658.2, Enfield 2458 cases, down 1,409 (36.4%) rate 736.4, Richmond 660 cases, down 362 (35.4%) rate 333.3, Camden 1151 cases, down 632 (35.4%) rate 426.3, Haringey 1799 cases, down 978 (35.2%) rate 669.7.

Havering saw 1742 cases, down 925 (34.7%) rate 671.2, Kensington and Chelsea 703 cases, down 374 (34.7%) rate 450.3, Kingston 761 cases, down 402 (34.6%) rate 428.7, Greenwich 2054 cases, down 1,063 (34.1%) rate 713.3, Islington 1275 cases, down 653 (33.9%) rate 525.8, Waltham Forest 2073 cases, down 1,028 (33.2%) rate 748.4, Barnet 2567 cases, down 1,218 (32.2%) rate 648.4, Wandsworth 1771 cases, down 782 (30.6%) rate 537.2, Lambeth 2271 cases, down 996 (30.5%) rate 696.6, Harrow 1689 cases, down 731 (30.2%) rate 672.5, Croydon 3015 cases, down 1,252 (29.3%) rate 779.7, Hillingdon 2212 cases, down 894 (28.8%) rate 720.8, Hackney and City of London 1893 cases, down 753 (28.5%) rate 650.9, Sutton 1377 cases, down  484 (26%) rate 667.3, Westminster 1155 cases, down 401 (25.8%) rate 442, Hammersmith and Fulham 1058 cases, down 307 (22.5%) rate 571.5, Merton 1395 cases, down 383 (21.5%) rate 675.4, Ealing 3052 cases, down 719 (19.1%) rate 892.9, Brent 3001 cases, down 669 (18.2%) rate 910, and Hounslow 2517 cases, down 494 (16.4%) rate 927.



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