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London Covid cases latest: Infections among over-60s tumble as coronavirus vaccine rolled out

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They also show that just one coronavirus death, within 28 days of the individual testing positive, was announced for the capital on Tuesday.

The seven-day Covid rate for the city dipped below 40 confirmed new infections per 100,000 Londoners in the week to March 11.

But there is now a marked and growing difference between older people, many of who have been vaccinated, and younger individuals.

The seven-day rate for Londoners aged 60 and over, who would have been more vulnerable to the virus, was down to 23.4 (or 344 cases in a week), compared to 113.7 on February 11 and a peak of 923.3 on January 8.

The rate for those 59 and under was 42.4 (or 3,177 cases in a week) , down from 130.4 on February 11 and a peak of 1,159.2 on January 4.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told The Standard: “The vaccine is safe and saving lives in London right now.

“I urge all Londoners to get the jab when you get the call. It’s the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. It’s the way out of this pandemic and will help get London moving.”

More than 2,560,000 Londoners have had a first dose Covid-19 jab, the vast majority of them aged over 60, according to figures published on Tuesday.

As of March 7, 32.2 per cent of Londoners – or 2,295,644 – had received a first dose jab, rising to 83.5 per cent for people aged 80 and over, compared to 89.3 per cent for the 75 to 79 age group, 70.3 per cent for 60 to 64, and 19.3 per cent for under 60.

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Pressure on the city’s hospitals treating Covid patients is also significantly down, though still intense.

Latest figures show 48 were admitted on Saturday, down from a peak of 977 on January 6.

There were 1,185 coronavirus patients on wards as of Monday, down from a peak of 7,917 on January 18, with 298 so ill that they are on ventilators, compared to more than 1,200 in January.

The disease’s retreat in London has slowed as cases start to get low in some areas, with other parts finding it harder to drive infections down from a higher level.

The official figures show:

* The seven-day rate in the capital dropped to 39.3 confirmed new infections per 100,000 people in the week to March 11.

* Southwark saw the lowest rate at 21.3, followed by Hackney and the City of London 22, Islington 23.1, and Lewisham which last week became the first borough to go below 20 now creeping up to 27.1.

* The highest rate was in Hillingdon on 75.6, followed by Ealing 71.7,  Harrow 62.1 and Kingston 61.4.

* The biggest fall in weekly cases was Southwark down 33.3 per cent, with Westminster next down 28.8 per cent and Hammersmith and Fulham 26.9 per cent.

* Twenty-three boroughs saw cases fall in the week to March 11, with nine having rises.

*The biggest increase was in Kingston of 60.3 per cent – followed by Lewisham 20.3 per cent and Bromley 13.6 per cent, both from a low base.

* The latest figures need to be treated with particular caution as mass testing for the return to schools and surge testing for new variants in the capital is pushing up the number of positive results.

* The real number of cases, though, is significantly higher than the confirmed totals, partly because so many people have the disease asymptomatically.

* A further 44,084 first dose vaccinations were announced yesterday to have been administered in London taking the total so far to 2,563,079.

* A further 5,427 second dose jabs were announced yesterday to have been administered in the city taking the total so far to 155,293.

The detailed figures for London show that:

* Southwark saw 68 cases in the week to March 11, down 34 (33.3%) with a seven-day rate of 21.3

* Westminster 74 cases, down 30 (28.8%) rate 28.3

* Hammersmith and Fulham 68 cases, down 25 (26.9%) rate 36.7

* Barking and Dagenham 97 cases, down 33 (25.4%) rate 45.6

* Islington 56 cases, down 18 (24.3%) rate 23.1

* Enfield 92 cases, down 29 (24%) rate 27.6

* Barnet 139 cases, down 43 (23.6%) rate 35.1

* Greenwich 99 cases, down 30 (23.3%) rate 34.4

* Newham 160 cases, down 46 (22.3%) rate 45.3

* Hounslow 158 cases, down 45 (22.2%) rate 58.2

* Wandsworth 109 cases, down 31 (22.1%) rate 33.1

* Hackney and City of London 64 cases, down 17 (21%) rate 22

* Merton 78 cases, down 19 (19.6%) rate 37.8

* Lambeth 106 cases, down 23 (17.8%) rate 32.5

* Brent 158 cases, down 33 (17.3%) rate 47.9

* Croydon 137 cases, down 22 (13.8%) rate 35.4

* Richmond 66 cases, down 8 (10.8%) rate 33.3

* Sutton 89 cases, down 9 (9.2%) rate 43.1

* Kensington and Chelsea 42 cases, down 3 (6.7%) rate 26.9

* Ealing 245 cases, down 11 (4.3%) rate 71.7

* Waltham Forest 128 cases, down 5 (3.8%) rate 46.2

* Camden 81 cases, down 3 (3.6%) rate 30

* Haringey 75 cases, down 2 (2.6%) rate 27.9

* Redbridge 150 cases, up 1 (0.7%) rate 49.1

* Harrow 156 cases, up 6 (4%) rate 62.1

* Tower Hamlets 117 cases, up 7 (6.4%) rate 36

* Bexley 77 cases, up 5 (6.9%) rate 31

* Hillingdon 232 cases, up 19 (8.9%) rate 75.6

* Havering 108 cases, up 11 (11.3%) rate 41.6

* Bromley 100 cases, up 12 (13.6%) rate 30.1

* Lewisham 83 cases, up 14 (20.3%) rate 27.1

* Kingston 109 cases, up 41 (60.3%) rate 61.4

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