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London Covid cases in each borough revealed as capital’s coronavirus rate hits record high


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he Covid-19 rate in London has soared for the first time above 1,000 new cases a week per 100,000 people, official figures reveal today.

They show the disease spreading in every borough, with 89,307 new confirmed cases in the city in the week to December 3.  

The seven-day rate jumped to 1,012.1 new cases per 100,000 in the week to January 1, up from 988.1 the previous day.

Sixteen boroughs saw rates above 1,000 including Barking and Dagenham at 1,546.2, Redbridge 1,438, Newham 1,336.6, Havering 1274.1, Tower Hamlets 1,225.9 and Bexley 1,205.5 as east London remains the hardest hit area, as well as Enfield at 1,226.8.

A further 14,892 new cases were announced yesterday.

Hospital admissions of Covid patients in London are also rising sharply with 5,925 in the eight days to January 3.

The surge means there were 6,816 coronavirus patients in the city’s hospitals on January 5, with 866 so ill that they are on ventilators.

The number of admissions, and inevitably deaths, is also set to rise even higher in coming days given the hikes in new cases in recent weeks.

Boris Johnson, who was given the overwhelming backing of MPs for the latest lockdown, warned that there was now a race between the spread of the virus and the delivery of vaccines to the most vulnerable.

“Every needle in every arm makes a difference.”

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi admitted the target of vaccinating around 13 million people in the highest priority groups – including the elderly, those with clinical needs, care home residents and staff as well as frontline NHS workers – by February 15 was “stretching”.

Some 1.3 million people have already received either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca jab.

The figures, however, continue to be affected by a lag in the publication of recent data and contain some deaths that took place over the Christmas and New Year period that have only just been reported.

Of the 1,041 new deaths announced on Wednesday, around a third took place before January 1, while some 100 took place in the seven days up to Christmas Day.

After the latest mortality figures were released, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said ministers had to shoulder some of the blame.

“This is a tragedy. It’s not bad luck. It was not inevitable,” he tweeted.

“The Government has been too slow to react. We now need a national effort to get our country vaccinated.”

The full figures show that Barking and Dagenham saw 3292 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the week to January 1, up 1,209 (58%) with a rate of 1,546.2, Brent 3265 cases, up 1,132 (53.1%) with a rate of 990.1, Hounslow 2958 cases, up 1,020 (52.6%) with a rate of 1,089.4, Sutton 2290 cases, up 745 (48.2%) with a rate of 1,109.8, Greenwich 3034 cases, up 982 (47.9%) with a rate of 1,053.7, Newham 4720 cases, up 1,494 (46.3%) with a rate of 1,336.6, Ealing 3117 cases, up 963 (44.7%) with a rate of 911.9, Kingston 1481 cases, up 422 (39.8%) with a rate of 834.3, Lewisham 2974 cases, up 810 (37.4%) with a rate of 972.4, Barnet 4012 cases, up 1,054 (35.6%) with a rate of 1,013.5, Camden 1789 cases, up 466 (35.2%) with a rate of 662.5, Redbridge 4389 cases, up 1,115 (34.1%) with a rate of 1,438, Merton 2150 cases, up 544 (33.9%) with a rate of 1,040.9, Bromley 3710 cases, up 903 (32.2%) with a rate of 1,116.3, Croydon 4020 cases, up 975 (32%) with a rate of 1,039.5, and  Southwark 2881 cases, up 685 (31.2%) with a rate of 903.6.

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In Tower Hamlets, there were 3981 cases, up 940 (30.9%) with a rate of 1,225.9, Harrow 2382 cases, up 546 (29.7%) with a rate of 948.4, Kensington and Chelsea 981 cases, up 221 (29.1%) with a rate of 628.3, Islington 1895 cases, up 427 (29.1%) with a rate of 781.5, Waltham Forest 3125 cases, up 702 (29%) with a rate of 1,128.2, Haringey 2770 cases, up 602 (27.8%) with a rate of 1,031.1, Hillingdon 2944 cases, up 628 (27.1%) with a rate of 959.4, Enfield 4095 cases, up 850 (26.2%) with a rate of 1,226.8, Hammersmith and Fulham 1360 cases, up 258 (23.4%) with a rate of 734.6, Lambeth 2813 cases, up 524 (22.9%) with a rate of 862.8, Hackney and City of London 2664 cases, up 446 (20.1%) with a rate of 916, Bexley 2993 cases, up 446 (17.5%) with a rate of 1,205.5, Westminster 1471 cases, up 192 (15%) with a rate of 562.9, Havering 3307 cases, up 417 (14.4%) with a rate of 1,274.1, Wandsworth 2540 cases, up 264 (11.6%) with a rate of 770.5, and Richmond 1304 cases, up 120 (10.1%) with a rate of 658.5.



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