New Covid-19 cases in Southwark went up by nearly 90 per cent this week, a huge increase that came as cases also soared in the rest of the UK, as the Omicron variant began to take hold.
New infections hit 2,731 in the borough in the week from November 7-13, up from 1,442 the week before – which was itself an increase of nearly 40 per cent.
The monthly increase continues to grow, with new cases over the past week at more than four times the level we reported from November 8-15.
Across the south-east London boroughs, Southwark was behind only Lambeth for new Covid cases over the past week. Lambeth had 2,776 new infections, an increase of nearly 77 per cent. Lewisham and Greenwich were not far behind, where 2,427 and 2,264 more people tested positive respectively.
Bexley and Bromley, the outer London boroughs that have had more weekly infections over the past two months, had the lowest increase in new cases this week, at about 31 per cent and 27 per cent respectively. Bexley recorded 1,699 new cases, with Bromley at 2,435.
It comes as the more transmissible Omicron variant of Covid-19 continues to spread fast across the UK. All adults are being encouraged to get booster jabs, as long as three months have passed since their second shot.
The NHS website struggled to deal with the high demand for booster jabs in the wake of the government’s announcement on Sunday. Long queues formed outside walk-in vaccine centres, including St Thomas’ hospital – where people said they had been queuing for two hours on Monday.
One local walk-in vaccine centre that may be less busy is the Waldron Health Centre on Amersham Vale in New Cross, which has been giving out jabs in a special programme from Tuesday (December 14) until Sunday (December 19).
The centre’s GP Dr Seb Kalwij said: “Throughout the week, there will be a real Covid-19-safe festive atmosphere, with a DJ, mince pies, carol singing, coffee and hot chocolate. Everyone who comes along to be vaccinated will receive a warm welcome – and be confident in the knowledge that they’re in a safe environment and protecting themselves and their loved ones.”
Dr Nancy Kuchemann, GP clinical lead for Southwark, said: “The vaccination programme in south east London has been wonderful, and I’m so pleased that so many people have come together in support of this effort.
“This is a great example of effective partnership working for the benefit and health of all people who live in south east London.”
The opening times for vaccine walk-ins at the health centre are:
9am – 7pm Tuesday 14 December
9am – 7pm Wednesday 15 December
9am – 7 pm Thursday 16 December
9am – 5pm Friday 17 December
9am – 4pm Saturday 18 December
11am – 5pm Sunday 19 December
As well as Guy’s and St Thomas’ and the Waldron Health Centre, other local places you can get a walk-in jab include:
- St George’s Pharmacy, 46 St George’s Road, London, SE1 6ET
- Kristal Pharmacy, 127-129 Evelina Rd, London, SE15 3HB
- King’s College Hospital, Weston Education Centre on Cutcombe Road, Denmark Hill, SE5 9RJ
- Montgomery Hall, Kennington, 58 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW
- Queen’s Pharmacy Vaccination Centre, 107a Rosendale Road, SE21 8EZ
- Our Lady and St Philip Neri RC Primary School, 208 Sydenham Road, London, SE26 5SE