Warning over fresh surge in coronavirus cases

Concerns hospital admissions could rise again if infections continue to increase

Friday, 25th June 2021 — By Constance Kampfner


HEALTH chiefs last night (Thursday) warned that coronavirus cases are on the rise across Islington once again.

Islington Public Health officials told a council meeting that the borough currently has the ninth-highest Covid-19 infection rate in the capital, with 112 cases of the virus per 100,000 people recorded in the week ending June 19.

Inner London boroughs with higher levels of deprivation – and with younger, unvaccinated or recently vaccinated populations – are experiencing the biggest surges.

In Islington, 54 per cent of adults have had a first dose of the vaccine and 29 per cent have had their second, compared with 80 per cent and 59 per cent respectively across England. Take-up within eligible groups has also been lower than the national average.

The number of new hospitalisations in the borough remains low, but there are concerns admissions could rise again if infections continue to increase.

A four-day mass vaccination event begins at the Emirates Stadium – home of Arsenal FC – later today (Friday).

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