Plummeting Covid-19 rates in the four Eastlondonlines boroughs

Old Compton Street, London. Pic: Kevin Grieve  

The number of Covid-19 active cases dropped sharply in the four Eastlondonlines boroughs, with Hackney and Tower Hamlets almost halving their cases in the last week of January. 

Tower Hamlets saw a drop of 47.8% to 710 active cases while Hackney registered 46.2 fewer cases at 653, the lowest in the four boroughs in the January 24 – January 30 period.

Croydon has the highest number of cases, 1183, a reduction of 40.1% and Lewisham has the second highest, 827, a decline of 35.7%.

The rates of active cases per 100,000 population for Croydon, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney and City of London respectively are 305.9, 270.4, 218.6 and 224.5.

Recent data from Public Health England show receding Covid-19 cases in London, with 27 out of 32 boroughs seeing daily cases dropping by a third or more in a week.

In the most recent week of complete data, January 24 – January 30, the rate of positive tests per 100,000 population in the UK was 242.8, which is almost two thirds less than its peak at 641 at the turn of the year.

For England as a whole, there were 261 cases per 100,00 population in the week ending on January 30.

London’s rate of positive tests is currently at 292.5, comparing with 474 for the previous week.

Lowest Covid death rate

Out of the four ELL boroughs, Tower Hamlets had the lowest rate of deaths per 100,000 population by Covid of 124.4, followed by Hackney and City of London, 135.1, Lewisham, 140.9 and Croydon, 193.9.

Hospital admission across England have dropped by 47%, with 2,183 taken in on January 31, compared with 4,134 at the beginning of the month. 

On February 3 there were 5,462 Covid patients in London hospitals, a less significant drop from 6,272 patients on January 27.

The number of patients on mechanical ventilation beds across the UK was 3,625 on February 3, which was slightly down from 4,077 on January 24.

In England, the number has dropped by 10%, with 3,328 on February 3, compared with 3,736 on January 24.

However, the deadly wave is far from over. On February 4 it was announced that 91 people had died in London hospitals following a positive test. All across the UK, 915 had died within 28 days of the test. 

The UK has surpassed the 100,000 death toll last week, in a grim milestone nearly one year since its first recorded case of Covid-19.

On February 4, the country reached 112,660 deaths. 

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