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Weekly update on Covid-19 in Tower Hamlets
Updated 19 January 2021
Each week we publish further information on Covid-19 in Tower Hamlets. This is to provide more detail on the local picture and information which is helping guide local plans and decisions around Covid-19.
- There has been a total of 5,878 cases in the past 14 days (3 January to 16 January).
- Overall, there have now been 24,880 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Tower Hamlets (4 March to 16 January).
- The weekly incidence rate is now at 830.2 cases per 100,000, compared to 765 for London overall. Whilst the incidence rate remains high it is now showing a decreasing trend.
- Tower Hamlets remains a national outlier, along with all other north east London boroughs, with the 27th highest rate in the country (ninth highest in London).
- Case rates are now decreasing across most age groups but remain highest amongst the 20-29 and 50-59-year-old age groups.
- We continue to see a strong association of cases with social housing residents.
- Approximately between 5,000 and 6,000 residents have now had their first dose of vaccine administered.
- Initial data is showing lower rates for those from BAME groups aged 80 plus compared to those aged 80 plus and white.
Testing and tracing
- Testing rates across the borough and London overall have fallen in recent weeks and there is some indication that the borough rate is falling faster than that of London overall.
- Positivity rates are also decreasing but still remain very high – currently second highest in London - suggesting a high rate of transmission.
- 89 per cent of cases are reached by NHS Test and Trace, and 93 per cent of close contacts – this is much higher than previous weeks and is now comparable to that of London.
- Deaths from Covid-19 continue to increase with 26 Covid-19 deaths in Tower Hamlets in the week to 1 January 2021.
- There have now been 95 Covid-19 deaths since September.
- Hospital admissions and bed occupancy due to Covid-19 are now still increasing. Critical care bed occupancy at the Royal London Hospital is now much higher than April peak.
National Covid-19 data