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London Borough Covid Rate: Cases Rise As Council Leaders Prepare For Lockdown

The boroughs of central London continue to see the biggest increase as the Omicron variant sweeps through the capital.

Hackney has seen cases increase by more than 80%, with 2,162 new infections recorded in the week ending December 11. Southwark and Islington both saw their numbers increase by over 75%.

It comes as a separate analysis suggests that Omicron now accounts for almost three-quarters of new Covid-19 cases in London.

Some 73.5% of a sample of new coronavirus cases in the capital with sample dates for December 13-14 were found to have S-gene target failure (SGTF) – a way to detect the probable presence of Omicron.

Hammersmith and Fulham, where cases rose 45% in a week, are recruiting residents to administer booster shots and volunteers to deliver food if there is another lockdown.

Council chief Stephen Cowen told The Standard: “We are preparing for a lockdown and are back on civic emergency directives.”

He added that the borough would launch a campaign this week to recruit hundreds of residents to help administer the jabs.

“I met the CEO of Imperial College NHS Trust last week and he said they had already gone on black alerts twice in the past fortnight,” he said.

“Currently, four out of five people admitted require intensive care. People have been waiting longer to seek help or go to hospital if they have all kinds of conditions and are having a terrible time.

“The staff are exhausted and catch the virus themselves.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure people receive the recall and avoid a lockdown. But we are preparing for just in case.

Tower Hamlets, which has the lowest vaccination rates in the UK with just 65% of residents fully vaccinated, is trying to speed up its jab program.

Council chief John Biggs told The Standard: “Our biggest concern that Omicron turns out not to be sweeter. [than previous variants].

“We talked about another mass vaccination center and more mobile units. We are strengthening our emergency support network.

“We also looked at a subsidy program for businesses, especially for the hotel industry, and are designing a subsidy program.”

On Thursday, Barts Health NHS Trust, which operates five hospitals in east London, began offering home antiviral treatment for the disease to vulnerable residents for the first time.

Some Covid patients at Mile End Hospital will also receive neutralizing monoclonal antibody (nMAb) treatment.

The drugs, which must be administered within 72 hours or five days of a positive test, will be widely available to residents of north-east London, the trust said.

A minister suggested that millions of people who want to make sure they can see their families on Christmas Day should consider cutting the holidays now.

People who test positive for the virus on Thursday will be isolated until after Christmas.

Health Minister Gillian Keegan told Sky News: “You know, if you’re going to a party, take a test. If there are a lot of people there, you don’t know, if that’s your priority, fine.

“If your priority is to make it through Christmas Day with your family, then take a different approach. “

The detailed figures of the cases of Covid for the boroughs of London on Thursday, December 16 show:

Merton – 1,444 cases, up from 322 (28.7%) Case rate per 100,000 people 699.4

Southwark – 2,634 cases, up 1,154 (78.0%) Case rate per 100,000 people 823.1

Waltham Forest – 1,871 cases, up 479 (34.4%) Case rate per 100,000 people 675.6

Havering – 1,711 cases, up 333 (24.2%) Case rate per 100,000 people 656.4

Islington – 1,794 cases, up from 788 (78.3%) Case rate per 100,000 people 723.1

Sutton – 1,562 cases, up from 87 (5.9%) Rate of cases per 100,000 people 752

Hamlets of the Tower – 2,061 cases, up 840 (68.8%) Case rate per 100,000 people 620.8

Kingston – 1,329 cases, up from 317 (31.3%) Case rate per 100,000 people 741.9

Lambeth – 2,690 cases, up 1,096 (68.8%) Case rate per 100,000 people 835.9

Hackney and the City of London – 2,162 cases, up 980 (82.9%) Case rate per 100,000 people 740.7

Westminster – 1,477 cases, up 536 (57.0%) Case rate per 100,000 people 547.3

Pont-Rouge – 1,756 cases, up 344 (24.4%) Rate of cases per 100,000 people 574.5

Kensington and Chelsea – 939 cases, up 226 (31.7%) Case rate per 100,000 people 598.6

Bexley – 1,682 cases, up 383 (29.5%) Case rate per 100,000 people 674.7

Croydon – 2,618 cases, up 715 (37.6%) Case rate per 100,000 people 673.8

Richmond – 1,417 cases, up from 64 (4.7%) Rate of cases per 100,000 people 715.1

Lewisham – 2,356 cases, up from 838 (55.2%) Case rate per 100,000 people 771.7

Brent -1778 cases, up 592 (49.9%) Case rate per 100,000 people 542.5

Newham – 2,042 cases, up 733 (56.0%) Case rate per 100,000 people 574.8

Bromley – 2,389 cases, up from 432 (22.1%) Case rate per 100,000 people 718.0

Hammersmith and Fulham – 1,513 cases, up 473 (45.5%) Rate of cases per 100,000 people 824.3

Hillingdon – 1,559 cases, up 339 (27.8%) Case rate per 100,000 people 504.5

Greenwich – 2,191 cases, up from 643 (41.5%) Case rate per 100,000 people 758.0

Wandsworth – 2,667 cases, up 906 (51.4%) Case rate per 100,000 people 808.8

Hounslow – 1,526 cases, up 310 (25.5%) Case rate per 100,000 people 561.5

Camden – 1,526 cases, up 310 (25.5%) Case rate per 100,000 people 561.5

Enfield – 1,938 cases, up 704 (57.1%) Rate of cases per 100,000 people 581.0

• Barking and Dagenham – 1,393 cases, up from 538 (62.9%) Case rate per 100,000 people 650.6

Ealing – 2,076 cases, up from 542 (35.3%) Case rate per 100,000 people 610.0

Haringey – 1,671 cases, up from 577 (52.7%) Case rate per 100,000 people 627.4

Harrow – 1,304 cases, up from 343 (35.7%) Case rate per 100,000 people 516.8

Barnet – 2,246 cases, up 455 (25.4%) Case rate per 100,000 people 562.9