London Covid: Over 10,000 people test positive for coronavirus in the capital in just one day – My London



A total of 10,020 people living in London tested positive for Covid-19 in just one day, latest figures show.

The new cases recorded on Wednesday (January 13), revealed by London Gov UK, take the total number of cases reported up to this date in the capital to 538,312.

And while we continue to stay at home in a bid to save lives and reduce already mounting pressure on the NHS, the situation in London is only getting worse.

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93,848 tested positive in London in the most recent week of complete data (January 2 to January 8), and a rate of 1,047 cases per 100,000 population was recorded. This indicates an increase from the previous week, in which 91,881 cases and a rate of 1,025 were recorded.

London’s individual rate is much higher than that of England as a whole – the country’s rate was 655 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending Friday, January 8.

But these continual rises do not come as a shock. Professor Chris Whitty warned the NHS faced the “most dangerous situation” in living memory with record deaths and hospital admissions as a result of the disease just days ago (Sunday, January 10).

In London, this certainly seems to be the case.

How many are in hospital, and how many are dying?

Medical staff transfer a patient from the Acute Dependency Unit to the ICU at a hospital in London (Image: PA)

7,606 Covid-19 patients were in London hospitals on Tuesday (January 12), compared to 6,816 seven days prior (January 5).

1,085 patients were also in ventilation beds in the capital in the most recent data, up from 866 patients one week before.

On Wednesday, 202 people sadly died in London hospitals following a positive Covid-19 test, taking the total number of deaths in the capital to 10,050.

Surpassing this grim milestone is a tragedy, and becomes even more of a reality when we speak to those on the frontline seeing it for themselves. One London nurse recalled working endless shifts zipping up body bags, and then not sleeping for the nightmares. Another told MyLondon patients are getting “younger and younger”.

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Tougher lockdown rules could be needed to curb the spread of the new, more transmissible variant. And while a more ‘March-like’ lockdown is yet been enforced, politicians have not ruled it out.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Chair of London Councils have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for similar measures to the first lockdown, which could be just “days away”.

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