Wandsworth remains the borough with the highest Covid infection rate in London, with the borough of Lambeth second

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Wandsworth remains the borough with the highest Covid infection rate in London, with the borough of Lambeth second

Postby Community Editor » Thu Jul 29, 2021 2:46 pm

Wandsworth remains the borough with the highest infection rate in London.

The borough’s infection rate currently stands at 553 per 100,000 of the population, with Lambeth second – according to government figures from the week ending July 22.

Residents in the borough are out of ideas on how infections can be reduced now all lockdown restrictions have eased with some fearing another lockdown is looming, but health bosses are urging people to get vaccinated.

As of July 23, at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, there were four Covid-19 positive patients are being cared for in intensive care and 12 on other wards, according to the trust.

This is down from 20 coronavirus patients at the hospital, with two on ventilators on July 13.

A St George’s Hospital spokesperson said: “We have robust plans in place to manage increases in coronavirus admissions, but people can help us and play their part in keeping themselves and others safe by getting their Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

“Lifting restrictions does not mean the risks from Covid-19 have disappeared, but simple steps such as wearing a face mask in crowded or enclosed spaces, washing your hands regularly and keeping a safe distance away from others remain vitally important.”

Shannon Katiyo, director of public health for Wandsworth, said: “The rate of new cases of Covid-19 in Wandsworth has continued to rise reflecting the increase seen elsewhere in London.

“Wandsworth has a very young population and a large proportion of our residents are aged 25-34 years.

“The highest rates of infections also affect the same age group, and we need as many people as possible to get vaccinated.”

He added:  “We know that vaccinations reduce infections, hospitalisations and death and that no one is safe until we are all safe. We are urging everyone to join the millions who have already been vaccinated and grab a jab.”
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