NEWS DIGEST 13.11.2021: The latest local and national COVID news in London/Essex & the UK

Good morning dear readers. Our news bulletin today comes from InYourArea.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that Covid-19 infection levels are continuing to fall across the UK. New data suggest that one in 60 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week leading up to November 6, down from one in 50 in the previous week. One in 60 is the equivalent of about 925,400 people and is slightly below the proportion estimated to have coronavirus at the peak of the second wave in early January, suggesting infection levels are still high. In Wales, about one in 45 people is estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to November 6, down from one in 40 the previous week. In Northern Ireland, the figure is about one in 75, which is down from one in 65 in the previous week. The ONS said rates in England have decreased in the latest week for all age groups, except for those from school year 12 to age 24, and for people aged 35 to 49, where the trend is uncertain – Covid-19 infection levels continue to fall across the UK (InYourArea Newsroom – National)

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Covid-19 cases at Queen’s and King George hospitals have fallen for the second consecutive week. Six Covid patients were being treated in critical care this week – one less than seven days earlier. In total, 85.96pc of critical care beds are being used, down from 89.47pc the previous week. The decline in Covid cases follows a spike in cases in late October, when the number of patients more than doubled in a fortnight. A further 5,837 Covid patients have recovered and been discharged – The number of Covid patients at Queen’s and King George hospitals this week (Romford Recorder – News > Health)

Here is Friday’s update of Covid-19 case rates for every local authority area in the UK. Around one in six areas have recorded a week-on-week rise. The figures, for the seven days to November 8, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people. Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 66 have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, 310 have seen a fall and one is unchanged. The Orkney Islands in Scotland continue to have the highest rate in the UK, with 151 new cases in the seven days to November 8 – the equivalent of 674.1 per 100,000 people – Latest Covid-19 case rates for UK local authority areas (Evening Standard – News – UK)

Jeneba Belewa, community nurse, Saint Francis Hospice, is part of the homeless widening access project, which is working to help people who are homeless use the hospice’s services. The aim of the project is to reach out to homeless people, who are among the most vulnerable people in the communities we serve in Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Brentwood and West Essex. We have built strong relationships with organisations involved in the care and support of homeless people, along with homeless hostels, to identify people who may have end-of-life care needs. As part of World Homeless Day on October 10, five members of the group also experienced rough sleeping in a small way by sleeping out in the hospice grounds to raise awareness of the project. As a group, it is our desire to make our hospice services easily accessible, flexible and offering coordinated care and we will continue to work in partnership with other stakeholders to deliver end-of-life care to our homeless communities in the boroughs that we serve – How Saint Francis Hospice is helping homeless people (Romford Recorder – News)

Researchers at Censuswide surveyed 2,007 adults in the capital with two thirds reporting higher stress levels since lockdown restrictions eased. Kate Wright, Microsoft UK and Ireland Consumer Devices Director, said: “The research shows that there’s a vital need for us to kick start a conversation about the productivity trap, what it is and how we can help people navigate through it”. Research in 2008 tracked 24,000 social media posts with mentions of the words “stress”, “stressed”, “anxiety”, and “anxious” in status updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The “trendy” boroughs of Hackney and Camden had the second and third highest mentions of stress and anxiety, though at 874 and 868, they were much lower than Westminster. Barking and Dagenham came out as the least stressed borough: a mere 34 mentions put it in 33rd place – London stress levels have soared since lockdown easing, study shows (Evening Standard – News – London)

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