ovid-19 deaths in London have fallen almost a third while new cases have tumbled by two-thirds in the latest signs that London is fighting back against the pandemic.
Hospital admissions are falling, too, with the number of new Covid patients rushed in each day around two-fifths lower, according to the latest official data.
But the crisis in intensive care units is as intense as ever, with thousands of the most critically ill fighting for their lives, including 1,139 people being kept alive by mechanical ventilators.
The Covid heat map of the capital has changed beyond recognition in the past fortnight. New cases are falling fast everywhere – with seven boroughs showing falls of more than 40 per cent in the past week: Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.
Key data showing how Londoners have driven down coronavirus in the past month reveals:
-Deaths: Some 58 deaths were reported on Sunday – down from 101 last Sunday and 165 the previous Sunday. The highest London death toll in a single day was 195 on January 18. Using the smoothed-out seven-day average, the death toll peaked at 187 on January 16 and saw a steady fall to 132 by January 24. A grim total of 13,415 people have died in London within 28 days of a positive test.
– Cases: The latest daily report of 3,002 positive tests was down from 5,720 last Sunday and was the lowest level since December 6. Numbers are down to a third of the peak on January 1st, down from 14,319 to 4,541, using the “smoothed out” seven-day average. The highest number in a single day was 19,871, on December 29.
– Rate: The rate of positive tests per 100,000 population fell from 1,118 on January 4 to 378 on January 26 a fall of 66 per cent.
– Hospital patients: Some 473 new patients were admitted on Sunday, compared with 598 last Sunday, down from a peak of 977 on January 6. The smoothed-out seven-day average shows a sustained fall from 864 on January 6 to 507 on January 25.
– Ventilators: The number of very ill patients relying on ventilators to stay alive was at a very high level of 1,139 on Sunday, only slightly down from 1,217 last Sunday. The smoothed-out weekly average shows that ventilator beds have been stuck at this terrifying level of maximum capacity for weeks with barely any fall. To put that in perspective, nearly twice as many patients are on ventilators in London as there were on the very worst day of the first wave, 5,201 in April last year.
Brent currently has the highest rate per 100,000 population, at 545, but it has fallen from 799 in just a week. The west London boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow come next with 529 and 517. Hillingdon, which includes Heathrow Airport, is also high at 485.
Barking & Dagenham, in east London, which had the highest rate of all at 1,192 just a fortnight ago, has now dropped to 489.
The lowest rates are in Kensington & Chelsea (239), Richmond (242) and Camden (245).
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan urged the capital to stick together to drive the virus down further.
“Londoners have gone through immense challenges over the last year – but now with a vaccine in sight, we must stay focused,” he said. “Bringing an end to this pandemic is solely reliant on us all working together and following the rules. So don’t take any risks, stay at home.”
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: 1042 new cases (-36.9%); rate per 100,000 population 489.5
Barnet: 1558 cases (-33.6%); rate 393.6
Bexley: 845 cases (-39.6%); rate 340.3
Brent: 1798 cases (-31.9%); rate 545.2
Bromley: 1059 cases (-34.1%); rate 318.7
Camden: 662 cases (-30.6%); rate 245.2
Croydon: 1595 cases (-38.3%); rate 412.5
Ealing: 1810 cases (-34.4%); rate 529.5
Enfield: 1279 cases (-38.3%); rate 383.2
Greenwich: 1105 cases (-41.0%); rate 383.8
Hackney + City of London: 937 cases (-42.1%); rate 322.2
Hammersmith and Fulham: 637 cases (-32.9%); rate 344.1
Haringey: 956 (-38.8%); rate 355.9
Harrow: 1126 cases (-27.5%); rate 448.3
Havering: 855 (-43.6%); rate 329.4
Hillingdon: 1489 cases (-26.0%); rate 485.2
Hounslow: 1404 (-37.8%); rate 517.1
Islington: 695 cases (-32.2%); rate 286.6
Kensington and Chelsea: 373 cases (-35.7%); rate 238.9
Kingston upon Thames: 588 (-17.6%); rate 331.3
Lambeth: 1143 (-43.3%); rate 350.6
Lewisham: 1060 cases (-40.6%); rate 346.6
Merton: 760 cases (-37.1%); rate 368.0
Newham: 1651 cases (-39.8%); rate 467.5
Redbridge: 1306 cases (-36.3%); rate 427.9
Richmond upon Thames: 479 cases (-22.2%); rate 241.9
Southwark: 1034 cases (-40.3%) rate 324.3
Sutton: 781 cases (-37.0%); rate 378.5
Tower Hamlets: 1067 cases (-42.8%); rate 328.6
Waltham Forest: 1149 cases (-35.4%); rate 414.8
Wandsworth: 947 cases (-38.5%) rate 287.3
Westminster: 714 cases (-30.8%) rate 273.2