Most of London sees Covid cases drop amid hopes Omicron wave has peaked

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the first two-thirds of London’s boroughs have seen Covid rates drop in hopes the wave of Omicron infections in the capital has peaked.

An analysis of the latest data by Evening Standard shows that the number of new confirmed cases has declined in 19 of the 32 wards. The figures cover the seven days through January 2.

Wandsworth recorded the largest weekly drop in percentage terms. Its seven-day total of 5,405 was 1,751 lower than the previous week, a drop of 24.5%.

The next largest drops were in the neighboring boroughs of Lambeth (1,659 fewer cases, down 22.1%) and Kensington & Chelsea (519 fewer cases, down 19.7%).

Parts of west and north-west London saw the largest percentage increase in cases, with large increases in Hillingdon (+ 25.5%), Hounslow (+ 18.8%) and Harrow (+ 18.3%).

The latest figures show London is no longer the country’s Covid epicenter. The capital’s seven-day infection rate stands at 1,775.4 per 100,000, behind the Northwest, which has the highest rate of 2,332.4, as well as the Northeast, the Yorkshire and the Humber and the East Midlands.

Another positive sign for the capital, the number of patients with Covid-19 in the city’s hospitals fell for the second day in a row, falling below 4,000. And the number of the most seriously ill people requiring mechanical ventilation fell from 242 Thursday to 224 Friday – the lowest figure since December 28.

The NHS in London, as well as other parts of the country, is under considerable pressure with 200 military enlisted to help in London, while around 150 staff will support the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) from next week.

As the number of Covid patients in hospital continues to rise, the impact of highly infectious Omicron on staff increases with absences increasing by 59% in one week.

NHS England data shows that 39,142 NHS staff in hospital trusts in England were absent for Covid-19 reasons on January 2, more than three times the number in early December (12,508).

Figures suggest that one in 25 NHS staff working in acute care hospital trusts is sick or is self-isolating due to Covid.

In London, absences increased 4% week-on-week, from 4,580 to 4,765.

NHS National Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis said the increase in Covid-19 cases “put even more pressure” on hospital workers.

He said: “Omicron means more patients to treat and less staff to treat them.

“In fact, around 10,000 more NHS colleagues were absent every day last week compared to the previous seven days and almost half of all absences are now due to Covid.

“While we do not know the magnitude of the potential impact of this new strain, it is clear that it spreads more easily and, as a result, Covid cases in hospitals are the highest since February of l last year – putting even more pressure on the hard-working staff.

“These employees are stepping up as they always do; answer a quarter of 111 more calls last week than the week before, deal with an increasing number of ambulance calls and work closely with colleagues in social services to get people out of the hospital in completely safe.

Patricia Marquis, director of the Royal College of Nursing for England, said nurses have found themselves “getting thinner and thinner, but they can’t keep spinning the plates indefinitely… this just isn’t happening. safe”.

According to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), staff absences across the NHS, including mental health trusts and other areas, for any reason, including Covid-19, can reach 120,000 .

The Department of Defense (MoD) said the deployment to London includes 40 military medics and 160 general service staff to help fill gaps caused by absences of NHS staff.

Number 10 insisted Boris Johnson still does not see the need for further Covid restrictions in England despite increasing staff absences.

A spokesperson said ministers will ensure the health service has the support it needs, adding that the Covid Covid recall program meant there was not the same level of pressure on them. intensive care units than in previous waves.

“The Prime Minister was clear on the controls. Plan B is balanced and proportioned to meet the Omicron variant. It continues to help reduce its spread. But the important thing is the booster program and its effectiveness in stopping the disease, ”said the spokesperson.

He added: “The military have helped throughout the pandemic and they will do it again.

“We know that staff absences are contributing to the pressure the NHS is currently facing. Of course, we will continue to take the appropriate steps to ensure that the NHS has the support it needs. “

The U.K. Health Safety Agency said its latest data shows that the boosters continue to help the elderly, because around three months after receiving their third injection, the protection against the need to be hospitalized remained at around 90 %.

With just two doses of the vaccine, protection against serious illness drops to around 70% after three months and to 50% after six months for people aged 65 and older, he said.

The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) said there was no need to introduce a fourth jab for the most vulnerable – residents of nursing homes and those over the age of 80.

He said priority should be given to rolling out the first booster doses to all age groups, and urged unvaccinated people to come forward for their first two doses as soon as possible.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chairman of JCVI on Covid-19 Vaccination, said: “Current data shows that the booster dose continues to provide high levels of protection against serious illness, even for groups of most vulnerable age.

“For this reason, the committee concluded that there was no need to introduce a second booster dose immediately, although this will continue to be reviewed.

“The data is very encouraging and underscores the value of a boost. With Omicron continuing to spread widely, I encourage everyone to come forward for their booster dose, or if not vaccinated, for their first two doses, to increase their protection against serious illness. “

London Covid case by district for the seven days until January 2

Harrow – 4,586 cases, up 709 (+ 18.3%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,817.4

Hillingdon – 5,726 cases, up 1,164 (+ 25.5%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,853.0

Hounslow – 5,237 cases, up 829 (+ 18.8%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,927.0

Richmond upon Thames – 3,016 cases, down 374 (-11.0%), case rate per 100,000 of 1,522.1

Kingston upon Thames – 3,036 cases, up 26 (+ 0.9%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,694.7

Sutton – 4,165 cases, down from 69 (-1.6%). Case rate per 100,000 in 2005.2

Croydon – 7,717 cases, down 389 (-4.8%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,986.0

Bromley – 6,365 cases, down from 282 (-4.4%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,912.8

Merton – 3,923 cases, down from 238 (-5.7%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,900.2

Wandsworth – 5,405 cases, down from 1,751 (-24.5%). Case rate per 100,000 in 1,639.2

Lambeth – 5,834 cases, down 1,659 (-22.1%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,812.9

Southwark – 5,756 cases, down from 1,212 (-17.4%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,795.5

Lewisham – 5,645 cases, down from 1,036 (-15.5%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,848.9

Greenwich – 5,591 cases, down 257 (-4.4%). Case rate per 100,000 in 1,934.4

Bexley – 5,084 cases, down 12 (-0.2%). Case rate per 100,000 in 2,039.3

Ealing – 6,429 cases, up 717 (+ 12.6%). Case rate per 100.00 of 1,889.0

Hammersmith & Fulham – 3,077 cases, down 635 (-17.1%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,676.4

Kensington & Chelsea – 2,110 cases, down 519 (-19.7%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,345.1

Westminster – 3,486 cases, down from 465 (-11.8%). Case rate per 100,000 in 1,291.8

Camden – 3,342 cases, down from 777 (-18.9%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,195.6

Islington – 3,636 cases, down from 788 (-17.8%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,469.5

Hackney and City of London – 4,359 cases, down 1,026 (-19.1%). Case rate per 100,000 in 1,493.4

Tower Hamlets – 5,274 cases, down 534 (-9.2%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,588.7

Newham – 6,268 cases, up 269 (+ 4.5%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,764.3

Barking & Dagenham – 4,387 cases, up 338 (+ 8.3%). Case rate per 100,000 in 2,049

Redbridge – 5,846 cases, up 708 (+ 13.8%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,912.6

Havering – 5,786 cases, up from 545 (up 10.4%). Case rate per 100,000 of 2,212.9

Waltham Forest – 5,295 cases, up 274 (+ 5.5%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,912.0

Haringey – 4,589 cases, down 666 (-12.7%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,722.9

Enfield – 5,937 cases, up 415 (+ 7.5%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,779.7

Barnet – 6,673 cases, up 485 cases (+ 7.8%). Case rate per 100,000 of 1,672.4

Brent – 6,264 cases, up from 644 (+ 11.5 percent). Case rate per 100,000 in 1,9112.

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