Most of London sees Covid cases fall amid hopes Omicron wave has peaked

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early two-thirds of London boroughs saw Covid numbers plummet in hopes that the wave of Omicron infections in the capital has peaked.

An Evening Standard analysis of the latest data shows that the number of confirmed new cases has fallen in 19 of the 32 boroughs. The figures refer to the seven days to January 2.

Wandsworth saw the largest weekly decline in percentage terms. The seven-day total of 5,405 was 1,751 less than the previous week – a drop of 24.5 percent.

The next largest decreases were in the neighboring boroughs of Lambeth (1,659 fewer cases, down 22.1 percent) and Kensington & Chelsea (519 fewer cases, down 19.7 percent).

Parts of West and North West London saw the highest percentage increase in cases, with strong increases in Hillingdon (+25.5%), Hounslow (+18.8%) and Harrow (+18.3%) .

The latest figures show that London is no longer the country’s Covid epicenter. The capital’s seven-day infection rate stands at 1,775.4 per 100,000, behind the Northwest, which has the highest rate at 2,332.4, as well as the Northeast, Yorkshire and the Humber and East Midlands.

Another positive sign for the capital is that the number of Covid-19 patients in the city’s hospitals fell below 4,000 for the second day in a row. And the number of critically ill patients requiring mechanical ventilation fell from 242 on Thursday to 224 on Friday — the lowest figure since Dec. 28.

The NHS in London, as well as other parts of the country, is under intense pressure with 200 military personnel being called up to assist in London, while around 150 staff will support the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) from next week.

As the number of Covid patients in hospital continues to rise, the impact of the highly contagious Omicron on staff is growing, rising 59 percent in a week.

Data from NHS England shows 39,142 NHS hospital trust staff in England were absent on 2 January due to Covid-19 reasons, more than three times the number in early December (12,508).

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