The vital need for Croydon residents to follow government advice to stay at home except for essential travel in order to save lives – including their own – has been underlined by data published by the Health Service Journal.
The HSJ says that the South West London Health and Care Partnership, the NHS area which includes Croydon, has the highest number of reported deaths in the country from covid-19 per 100,000 of population.
As of Saturday, there were nearly six deaths per 100,000 population in the region.
The death rate is up to 12 times higher than the great majority of other NHS sustainability and transformation partnership areas across England.
As of Saturday, there had been 33 coronavirus-related deaths at Mayday, 32 reported by the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, and 36 at St George’s in Tooting.
According to the figures released by the NHS yesterday, London has 5,957 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Southwark, with 365, has the most cases of all London boroughs, with Croydon fourth on 289.
According to figures correct at March 29, covid-19 cases in Bromley have nearly tripled in five days, up by 175 to 268.
The boroughs with the lowest reported levels of infection are Kingston (82) and Sutton (93).
The startling news of the increase in cases comes as Croydon Council has launched its hotline for those in the borough identified by the NHS as being “at risk”.
Those at risk will have received a letter from the NHS.
The hotline number is 020 8604 7787, with an email option of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping vulnerable people fed will be a special challenge for the council, with its high-profile voluntary body, Croydon Voluntary Action, reporting over the weekend – after their first full week of operation during the lockdown – that they had run out of food and appealing for further public donations.
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