Neighbor Lambeth has the highest rate of Covid cases in the week to Christmas
The latest figures place Southwark in third place in the capital for rates of Covid cases in the week leading up to Christmas – and neighbor Lambeth has the most.
For the week ending December 22, Southwark reported 8,547 cases, up 2,726. This is an increase of 46.8% and it means that, like thirteen other London boroughs, more than one in 50 people test positive.
The top five boroughs for new cases were south of the river, with Lambeth registering 9,701 cases in that week alone, a 41% increase from the previous week. Wandsworth had the second highest ranking with 9,453 cases and Croydon with 8,003 new cases is in fourth place. Croydon also saw the largest percentage increase of any London borough over the seven-day period, with a 79.2% increase in cases.
Neighbor Lewisham was the fifth highest for case rates with 7,792, up 67.8%.
But on a positive note, these figures show the percentage increases are much lower than the week prior to December 17, suggesting the Omicron wave is slowing in London.
Additionally, in the days following December 22, when more than 28,000 cases were reported in London, daily cases in the capital declined steadily with 4,420 reported on Boxing Day.
NHS figures nationwide reveal England has the highest number of Covid-19 patients in hospital since March last year, at 8,474, as of 8 a.m. yesterday (Monday, December 27).
But Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, warned against overinterpreting hospitalization data, saying many people have tested positive after arriving for treatment for other illnesses. He told BBC Breakfast today (Tuesday, December 28): “In the previous peaks we had very seriously ill elderly people who have really serious breathing problems and… they had to go to intensive care.
“The difference this time is that we have quite a few patients coming in – maybe they fell off their bikes and hit their heads or broke their legs – and what happens is that they have no symptoms, but when they arrive, they actually test positive for Covid. ”