London coronavirus cases by borough revealed as infections plunge across capital

Joe Murphy
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<p>People walk and run through Battersea Park during England's third national lockdown</p> (PA)

People walk and run through Battersea Park during England's third national lockdown

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Coronavirus cases are falling fast across London, giving hope that the harrowing strain on the capital’s hospitals might soon start to ease.

All but two of the 32 boroughs saw daily cases fall by over 20 per cent in a week – and ten boroughs achieved falls of 30 to 40 per cent.

Big falls in east London hotspots like Havering and Barking & Dagenham mean the capital’s highest Covid rates have shifted to the suburbs of west London, Hounslow and Ealing.

Daily hospital admissions have dropped by a quarter, and the total number of beds taken up by Covid-19 cases is down 11 per cent.

However, the number of critically ill patients being kept alive by mechanical ventilators has gone up even higher, which means even more stress for London’s exhausted nurses and doctors.

London’s daily death toll appears to have finally peaked – but remains at a tragically high rate of more than 170 a day on average.

Key details in the changing picture for London and its health services include:

- The number of new London cases has halved since the peak on January 1, from 14,316 to 7,141, using the “smoothed out” seven-day average. The biggest number of cases reported was 19,869, on December 29. Sunday’s tally of 5,720 was the smallest since December 13. The rate per 100,000 population fell from 1,118 on January 4 to 593 on January 19.

- Hounslow and Ealing in west London now have the highest infection rates in London, with rates of 832 and 802 per 100,000 population. Brent (rate of 799) Newham (777), Barking & Dagenham (772) and Croydon (665) are the next highest. Just a week ago, Barking & Dagenham, Newham and Ealing all reported rates of more than 1,000.

- The number of daily admissions to London hospitals has gone down from a high of 977 on January 6 to 598 yesterday. The smoothed-out seven-day average fell from 913 to 683 by January 18.

- The number of beds devoted to Covid patients has gone down from 7,917 on January 18 to 7,044 on January 23.

- More patients are relying on mechanical ventilators – some 1,217, up from 1,206 a week ago. This is nearly twice as many as the number on ventilators in the first wave, which peaked at 5,201 in April last year.

- Daily deaths appear to have peaked and may be starting to come down – but the fatalities each day remain tragically high. A total of 101 deaths were reported on Sunday, compared with 165 the previous Sunday.

Using the smoothed-out seven-day average, the death toll peaked at 182 in the week of January 13 and had fallen very slightly to 171 by January 16. A total of 12,378 people have died in London within 28 days of a positive test.

Here is the latest borough data from Public Health England, showing the number of new cases in the most recent week, the percentage change in new cases and the rate of new infections over seven days per 100,000 population.

Barking and Dagenham: 1645 new cases (-35.6%); rate per 100,000 population 772.6

Barnet: 2337 cases (-24.6%); rate 590.3

Bexley: 1396 cases (-31.5%); rate 562.3

Brent: 2637 cases (-20.1%); rate 799.6

Bromley: 1604 cases (-25.6%); rate 482.6

Camden: 957 cases (-35.2%); rate 354.4

Croydon: 2573 cases (-28.4%); rate 665.4

Ealing: 2744 cases (-20.6%); rate 802.8

Enfield: 2058 cases (-29.4%); rate 616.5

Greenwich: 1871 cases (-26.0%); rate 649.8

Hackney + City of London: 1623 cases (-26.3%); rate 558.0

Hammersmith and Fulham: 940 cases (-17.6%); rate 507.7

Haringey: 1560 cases (-31.8%); rate 580.7

Harrow: 1551 cases (-23.4%); rate 617.5

Havering: 1514 cases (-26.5%); rate 583.3

Hillingdon: 2001 cases (-22.2%); rate 652.1

Hounslow: 2258 cases (-14.8%); rate 831.6

Islington: 1024 cases (-33.3%); rate 422.3

Kensington and Chelsea: 567 cases (-41.8%); rate 363.2

Kingston upon Thames: 708 cases (-24.7%); rate 398.9

Lambeth: 2010 cases (-27.4%); rate 616.5

Lewisham: 1785 cases (-31.0%); rate 583.6

Merton: 1203 cases (-25.0%); rate 582.4

Newham: 2743 cases (-31.7%); rate 776.8

Redbridge: 2046 cases (-30.3%); rate 670.3

Richmond upon Thames: 608 cases (-26.2%); rate 307.0

Southwark: 1726 cases (-33.1%); rate 541.4

Sutton: 1237 (-21.2%); rate 599.5

Tower Hamlets: 1875 cases (-36.2%); rate 577.4

Waltham Forest: 1778 cases (-28.7%); rate 641.9

Wandsworth: 1541 cases (-25.8%); rate 467.4

Westminster: 1031 cases (-22.8%); rate 394.5

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