London coronavirus cases by borough revealed as infections fall by quarter in 23 areas

Nicholas Cecil
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<p>Pedestrians walk through London during England’s third national lockdown</p> (AP)

Pedestrians walk through London during England’s third national lockdown

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Twenty-three boroughs saw Covid-19 cases fall by at least a quarter as the weekly total dropped by nearly 19,000 in London, official figures reveal today.

They also show confirmed cases falling faster in east London, which was worst hit by the second wave, than a swathe of the west of the city which now has the highest coronavirus rates.

The biggest drop was in Tower Hamlets of 36.8 per cent in the week to January 21, with cases down 36 per cent in Southwark, 33.5 per cent in Lewisham, 33.4 per cent in Barking and Dagenham, 33.2 per cent in Newham, and 33.1 per cent in Havering.

Among the slowest decline in cases were Ealing and Harrow in west London, both down 20.8 per cent, Hounslow, 21.9 per cent and Hillingdon 22.4 per cent.

The highest seven-day rate is now Ealing with 737 new infections per 100,000 people in the week to January 21, followed by Hounslow on 736.6 and Brent on 711.1, with rates having previously been far higher in east London.

Day by day the number of cases is falling and there were 3,816 announced on Tuesday for the capital, the second day it was below 4,000, having been at least three times higher earlier in January.

However, as hopes rise that the disease is being brought under control in the city, health chiefs are urging people to continue to follow the rules as the figures lay bare that the battle is still far from won:

- Ninteen boroughs still have a seven-day rate over 500.

- Richmond which has the lowest rate is still at 291.4, with only six other boroughs below 400: Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Islington, Camden, Westminster and Kingston, all with wealthy areas of the capital.

- The number of confirmed cases fell by 18,936 in the week to January 21, compared to the previous week.

- The highest number of weekly cases was in Ealing at 2,519.

- The number of Covid patients admitted to hospital was 4,348 in the week to January 24, with 544 on that day, down from a peak of 977 on January 6.

- The number of coronavirus patients in the city’s hospital was 6,785 as of Tuesday, down from 7,917 on the 18th.

- There were 1,158 individuals so ill that they are on ventilators, a very high number but the first time it has gone below 1,200 since January 15.

- A further 193 Covid deaths, within 28 days of people testing positive, were announced for London on Tuesday, taking the total so far during the pandemic to 12,677.

- A further 35,126 first dose vaccinations were announced yesterday to have been administered in the capital, taking the total to 612,045.

The full figures show that in Tower Hamlets there were 1631 cases in the week to January 21, down 951 (36.8%) with a seven-day rate of 502.2, Kensington and Chelsea 504 cases, down 288 (36.4%) rate 322.8, Southwark 1453 cases, down 818 (36%) rate 455.7, Enfield 1741 cases, down 944 (35.2%) rate 521.6, Lewisham 1517 cases, down 765 (33.5%) rate 496, Barking and Dagenham 1475 cases, down 739 (33.4%) rate 692.8, Newham 2350 cases, down 1,168 (33.2%) rate 665.5, Lambeth 1635 cases, down 814 (33.2%) rate 501.5, Havering 1257 cases, down 621 (33.1%) rate 484.3, Wandsworth 1303 cases, down 642 (33%) rate 395.2, Islington 920 cases, down 431 (31.9%) rate 379.4, Croydon 2264 cases, down 1,049 (31.7%) rate 585.5, Hackney and City of London 1405 cases, down 636 (31.2%) rate 483.1, and Camden 884 cases, down 383 (30.2%) rate 327.4.

Westminster saw 882 cases, down 382 (30.2%) rate 337.5, Haringey 1391 cases, down 580 (29.4%) rate 517.8, Merton 1061 cases, down 413 (28%) rate 513.7, Sutton 1078 cases, down 404 (27.3%) rate 522.4, Waltham Forest 1602 cases, down 598 (27.2%) rate 578.4, Redbridge 1862 cases, down 678 (26.7%) rate 610, Bexley 1274 cases, down 456 (26.4%) rate 513.1, Brent 2345 cases, down 815 (25.8%) rate 711.1, Hammersmith and Fulham 813 cases, down 271 (25%) rate 439.1, Bromley 1433 cases, down 472 (24.8%) rate 431.2, Greenwich 1715 cases, down 548 (24.2%) rate 595.6, Richmond 577 cases, down 181 (23.9%) rate 291.4, Barnet 2150 cases, down 634 (22.8%) rate 543.1, Hillingdon 1811 cases, down 523 (22.4%) rate 590.2, Hounslow 2000 cases, down 561 (21.9%) rate 736.6, Ealing 2519 cases, down 662 (20.8%) rate 737, Harrow 1466 cases, down 385 (20.8%) rate 583.7, and Kingston 689 cases, down 124 (15.3%) rate 388.2.

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