Covid-19 infection rate rises steeply in Havering

The coronavirus infection rate in Havering has now risen above 100 per 100,000.

As of October 15, the rate rose to 116 cases per 100,000 residents, with 301 new cases recorded in the previous seven days.

Weekly hospital admissions due to Covid rose from 36 to 84 a week over the previous four weeks, with a corresponding increase in the number of deaths.

There were nine deaths from Covid recorded in Havering in four weeks, compared to just four over a period of 14 weeks during the summer.

Director of public health Mark Ansell said: “Rates have gone up and gone up steeply, in line with London as a whole, over the last three to four weeks. There’s a real day on day increase.

“We failed to pick out specific hotspot areas that have gone from our (areas with the) lowest rates to, the following week, our highest rates.

“This is not just being driven by young people, this has escaped young people and it’s across the community as a whole.

“It’s easy to be despondent about it but we have still got the opportunity to avoid the need for tighter restrictions. We have got to guard against feeling we are not making any progress at all.”

He added: “We need greater compliance but I do not think it’s unreasonable to think we can achieve it.

“We have achieved three quarters of what’s necessary but we need to achieve that remaining quarter.”

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter