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London Covid cases by borough revealed as infection rate plummets in over-60s


ovid-19 cases have plummeted to just one confirmed new infection a week per 10,000 Londoners aged 60 and over, official figures reveal today.

The majority of these Londoners have now been vaccinated and their seven-day Covid-19 rate has dropped to 9.6 confirmed infections per 100,000 in the week to April 29, or just under one per 10,000.

For the whole city, it means there were 142 confirmed cases in the 60 plus age category in that week.

The rate for people in the city aged 59 and younger is more than double at 22.1 per 100,000, or 1,655 cases.

The seven-day rates for the end of April may still rise slightly as more cases are confirmed and could also increase more substantially as the easing of restrictions continues.

Professor Kevin Fenton, London director for Public Health England, said: “Case rates in the over 60s have been stable or decreasing in our boroughs recent weeks, in a similar pattern to other age groups in London.

“However, we know how quickly cases can rise unchecked so it remains important we continue with a careful and considered easing of the restrictions to ensure we do not see a surge.

“Although the vaccine is not 100 per cent effective, it remains our best protection against severe disease and death from Covid-19. Not every person over 60 in London has had the jab so a sharp increase in cases could still pose a danger.

He added: “In many ways we are most vulnerable when we become complacent about the threat, which is why it is important we continue to follow the rules in place.”

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