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With optimism growing that the worst of the Omicron wave of the Covid-19 virus may be over, the data suggests little improvement in the local area.

The borough of Ealing saw cases rise in the latest week and it currently has the second highest rate of infection of any part of London at 1881 infections per 100,000 population in the week to 8 January. The local authority area with the highest rate is neighbouring Hounslow.

The numbers in Ealing were up by 2.1% over the previous week whilst elsewhere in London the infection rate was falling.

The west of the borough currently seems to have the highest number of cases having been relatively less affected earlier in the wave. Previously, West Ealing, Northfields and Hanwell had the highest rates but generally they are now falling sharply and are below the London average. Some health experts speculate that the number of cases may have fallen in areas with previously high rates simply because the virus was so virulent it is left with relatively fewere people to infect.

A local GP said, “It is difficult to interpret short term figures at this time of the year so I can’t see how anyone can state with confidence that the worst is over. What does give some cause to be hopeful is the drop in hospitalisations which were starting to rise alarmingly, but we still have to see how the return of schools and the normal working week impacts the numbers.

“As to why local infection numbers are so high, it could be down to relatively low vaccination rates which are not great even by London’s low levels.”

The number of Covid-19 patients in London hospitals fell to 3,662 on 13 January down from over 4,000 a week before. During the same week the number of Covid patients on ventilators fell from 242 to 217.

The total number of Covid-19 cases identified in London to date is 2,060,180 comprising 16.2 percent of the England total of 12,680,151 cases

In the week to 8 January 137,423 new cases were identified in London, a rate of 1526 cases per 100,000 population. This compares with 158,752 cases and a rate of 1763 for the previous week.

In England as a whole, 958,774 new cases were identified in the same week, a rate of 1695 cases per 100,000 population. This compares with 977,045 cases and a rate of 1728 for the previous week

Up to and including 12 January 2022 6,339,115 people in London had received the first dose of a vaccine and 5,760,871 had received two doses with 3,835,887 receiving either a third vaccine dose or a booster dose. The advice from the government remains that you should get vaccinated or receive your booster as soon as possible.


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January 13, 2022

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