London coronavirus cases by borough revealed as Covid deaths halve in a fortnight

Joe MurphyMon, 8 February 2021, 8:56 am

<p>New cases have plummeted to just a fifth of the peak level hit on New Year’s Day</p> (REUTERS)
New cases have plummeted to just a fifth of the peak level hit on New Year’s Day(REUTERS)

Deaths from Covid-19 in London have halved in a fortnight as the capital unites to squeeze the virus from its streets and hospitals, the latest data reveals.

New cases have plummeted to just a fifth of the peak level hit on New Year’s Day, with the benefits feeding through to 56 per cent fall in hospital admissions and a 40 per cent fewer in-patients.

However, more than 1,000 people are so ill they are being kept alive by mechanical ventilators, prompting pleas from health experts to Londoners to keep sticking to the strict lockdown measures.

London’s highest Covid rates are now clustered around Heathrow Airport in the west of the capital: at Hounslow (391 cases per 100,000 population), Ealing (389) and Hillingdon (357).

Brent in north London is another hotspot with a rate of 352.

The key data this week confirms that spread in the community is down but that hospitals remain gravely overstretched.

– Deaths: Some 44 deaths were reported on Sunday – down from 58 last Sunday and 101 the previous Sunday. The highest London death toll in a single day was 204 on January 18. Using the smoothed-out seven-day average, the death toll peaked at 192 on January 16 and saw a steady fall to 88 by January 31. A grim total of 14,539 people have died in London within 28 days of a positive test.

– Cases: 2,088 positive tests were reported on Sunday – the lowest daily number since November 30. Since January 1, the “smoothed out” seven-day average has come down from 14,319 to 2,989 – a drop of 80 per cent.

– Rate: The rate per 100,000 population has dropped from a peak of 1,112 on January 4 to 251, a drop of 78 per cent.

* Hospital admissions: 329 patients were rushed to hospital on Sunday, compared with 473 a week before and a third as many as the 977 admitted on January 6. The smoothed-out seven-day average shows a sustained fall from 864 on January 6 to 377 on February 1.

– Patient numbers: There were 4,787 patients in hospital on Sunday, down from a peak of 7,917 on January 18.

– Ventilators: The number of very ill patients relying on ventilators to stay alive was at a very high level of 1,016 yesterday, down from 1,139 last Sunday. The smoothed-out weekly average shows a slow but steady fall in ventilator use from 1,213 on January 20 to 1,53 by February 3. However, there are as many patients on ventilators in London as on the very worst day of the first wave last April.

The east London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge have seen rates falling from 1,000 or higher a month ago to between 225 and 303 today.

London’s lowest rates are boasted by Camden (141), Westminster (166), Islington (166), Tower Hamlets (173) and Kensington and Chelsea (177).

The biggest drop in cases was 47 per cent in Tower Hamlets. Five other boroughs had falls of over 40 per cent in a week: Bromley, Camden, Hackney + City of London, Islington and Waltham Forest.

Mayor Sadiq Khan urged: “By staying at home you’re playing an active role in suppressing the virus. Don’t think your actions don’t matter — they do. Please continue to follow the rules.”

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: 647 new cases (-38.3%); rate per 100,000 population 303.9

Barnet: 998 cases (-35.9%); rate 252.1

Bexley: 539 cases (-36.4%); rate 217.1

Brent: 1160 cases (-35.5%); rate 351.8

Bromley: 633 cases (-40.4%); rate 190.5

Camden: 382 cases (-42.6%); rate 141.5

Croydon: 996 cases (-37.7%); rate 257.6

Ealing: 1330 cases (-26.6%); rate 389.1

Enfield: 787 cases (-38.7%); rate 235.8

Greenwich: 724 cases (-34.5%); rate 251.4

Hackney + City of London: 535 cases (-43.3%); rate 183.9

Hammersmith and Fulham: 494 cases (-22.3%); rate 266.8

Haringey: 597 cases (-37.8%); rate 222.2

Harrow: 780 cases (-30.6%); rate 310.6

Havering: 584 cases (-32.1%); rate 225.0

Hillingdon: 1095 cases (-27.0%); rate 356.8

Hounslow: 1063 cases (-24.2%); rate 391.5

Islington: 402 cases (-42.5%); rate 165.8

Kensington and Chelsea: 277 cases (-25.3%); rate 177.4

Kingston upon Thames: 408 cases (-31.1%); rate 229.9

Lambeth: 799 cases (-30.7%); rate 245.1

Lewisham: 689 cases (-35.2%); rate 225.3

Merton: 604 cases (-20.4%); rate 292.4

Newham: 1063 cases (-35.8%); rate 301.0

Redbridge: 855 cases (-34.9%); rate 280.1

Richmond upon Thames: 410 cases (-14.6%); rate 207.1

Southwark: 689 cases (-33.6%); rate 216.1

Sutton: 593 cases (-24.3%); rate 287.4

Tower Hamlets: 562 cases (-47.2%); rate 173.1

Waltham Forest: 647 cases (-43.6%); rate 233.6

Wandsworth: 695 cases (-27.2%); rate 210.8

Westminster: 433 cases (-39.4%); rate 165.7