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Covid spreading rapidly in families in London boroughs

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Covid spreading rapidly in families in London boroughs

Covid-19 is spreading among families in a string of London boroughs, an Evening Standard analysis reveals.

It showed high rates of infections in children aged five to 14.

Case rates were also noticeably high among parents of school age children, particularly those in their early 40s.

Health chiefs in the capital are urging parents, and other adults, to get their Covid booster, and for people who are unvaccinated to have their first and second jabs.

Some of the highest infection levels were in outer London boroughs, many of them wealthy areas with many families, and fewer young adults compared to some more central districts.

The seven-day infection rate for the capital was 405 new confirmed cases per 100,000 people in the week to November 30. The seven-day rate on November 23 was 338 cases per 100,00.

The rate was highest among 10 to 14-year-olds (953), followed by five to nine-year-olds (738), then 40 to 44-year-olds (575).

The rate for the 45 to 49-year-old age group, at 513, was almost as high as teenagers aged 15 to 19 (521), and above adults in their 30s.

The detailed figures showed:

  • Richmond’s seven-day infection rate in the week to November 30 was 669 cases per 100,000 people, the highest in the capital. For children aged ten to 14 the seven-day rate in the west London borough was a startling 1,924 per 100,000 youngsters of this age group, and for five to nine-year-olds 1,602. Among adults 40 to 44 it was 878, and for those 45 to 49 it was 834.

  • In Sutton the seven-day rate was 596, for children ten to 14 (1476), five to nine (1513), adults 40 to 44 (817), 35 to 39 (653).

  • In Kingston, the seven-day rate was 541, for children ten to 14 (1326), five to nine (1345), 40 to 44-year-olds (805) and 45 to 49 (832).

  • In Bromley, the seven-day rate was 508, for children ten to 14 (1579), five to nine (1162), 40 to 44-year-olds (674) and 45 to 49 (709).

  • In Merton, the seven-day rate was 501, for children ten to 14 (1674), five to nine (1123), 40 to 44-year-olds (762).

  • In Wandsworth, the seven-day rate was 498, for children ten to 14 (1182), five to nine (1231), 40 to 44-year-olds (799).

  • In Hammersmith and Fulham, the seven-day rate was 489, for children ten to 14 (1118) five to nine (1081) 40 to 44-year-olds (674), 35 to 39-year-olds (531).

  • In Havering. the seven-day rate was 472, for children ten to 14 (1635), five to nine (701), 40 to 44-year-olds (762).

  • In Bexley, the seven-day rate was 471, for children ten to 14 (1345), five to nine (883), 40 to 44-year-olds (733) and 45 to 49 (739).

  • In Kensington and Chelsea, the seven-day rate was 442, for children ten to 14 (1019), five to nine (1057), 40 to 44-year-olds (632), and 45 to 49 (472).

  • In Barnet, the seven-day rate was 413, for children ten to 14 (868), five to nine (1011), 40 to 44-year-olds (649) and 45 to 49-year-olds (513).

  • In Croydon, the seven-day rate was 412, for children ten to 14 (1019), five to nine (767), 40 to 44-year-olds (541), and 45 to 49 (518).

  • In Redbridge, the seven-day rate was 388, for children ten to 14 (1058), five to nine (603), 40 to 44-year-olds (485), and 35 to 39 (439).

The average age of mothers in England and Wales was 30.7 last year, and for fathers it was about three years older.

Ministers are ramping up the booster vaccination programme but are facing criticism that it is not happening more quickly.

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