Coronavirus in London: Spread of Covid is down but hospitals remain gravely overstretched
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Deaths from Covid-19 in London have halved in a fortnight as the capital unites to squeeze the virus from its streets and hospitals, the latest data reveals.
New cases have plummeted to just a fifth of the peak level hit on New Year’s Day, with the benefits feeding through to 56 per cent fall in hospital admissions and a 40 per cent fewer in-patients.
However, more than 1,000 people are so ill they are being kept alive by mechanical ventilators, prompting pleas from health experts to Londoners to keep sticking to the strict lockdown measures.
London’s highest Covid rates are now clustered around Heathrow Airport in the west of the capital: at Hounslow (391 cases per 100,000 population), Ealing (389) and Hillingdon (357).