Covid-19 cases rise again this week in south-east London

Kit Heren (24 November, 2021)

Although Southwark continued to have the lowest case numbers out of the six south-east London boroughs with 735, infections still rose by more than 13 per cent.

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Covid-19 cases have risen by more than 14 per cent across south-east London this week, according to NHS figures analysed by the News.

Some 5,425 people tested positive for Covid in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley in the seven days from November 16-22 – up from 4,742 the week before.

That’s the second week in a row that cases have risen across the south-east, with infections increasing by more than 21 per cent the week before that.

Cases are up more than 20 per cent UK-wide over the week, with more than 292,000 new cases reported in the week to November 22. In London as a whole cases were at more than 27,000 over the past week.

Although Southwark continued to have the lowest case numbers out of the six south-east London boroughs with 735, infections still rose by more than 13 per cent.

Cases rose by nearly 20 per cent week-to-week in Lewisham to 832, while Lambeth saw infection numbers grow by more than 14 per cent to 891.

In Greenwich 779 more people tested positive across the week – an increase of nearly 17 per cent from the previous seven days – while in Bexley cases rose by nearly 11 per cent to 882.

Bromley again had the highest number of cases, with 1,306 in the same period. That was an increase of just over 13 per cent for the period.

Although still relatively low, deaths linked to Covid-19 in south-east London continued to rise slightly, to fourteen over the week – up from nine the week before.

It comes as fears grow that the UK may have to undergo yet another lockdown this winter, as several western European countries reintroduce Covid restrictions amid protests.

Meanwhile the vaccine drive continues across London, with more than 5.6m residents double-jabbed and over 1.5m people having had a booster or third jab.

 

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