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London coronavirus: Coronavirus cases are up in Croydon as Public Health boss advises rapid tests

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Coronavirus charges in Croydon stay low however there was an uptick in the previous couple of weeks.

Director of public well being at Croydon Council, Rachel Flowers, advises making the most of free rapid testing as issues open up once more.

Data from NHS England reveals that for the week up to April 23, the speed was 19 cases per 100,000.

This is up from 11 cases per 100,000 for the week up to April 16.

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This is nicely down from the height in December of greater than 800 cases per 100,000 however reveals that there’s nonetheless the potential for the virus to unfold.

There are at the moment 11 coronavirus sufferers being handled at Croydon University Hospital with one requiring air flow.

Ms Flowers stated: “As a lot as all of us miss hugging our family members, it’s extra essential to assist them keep nicely and maintain our incidence charge low, in order that we are able to carry on seeing them.

“It’s notably essential to recollect social distancing now that our city and district centres are reopening and our streets are busier. Shops, pubs and eating places throughout Croydon have labored so laborious to reopen in a means that’s secure for them and their clients, so let’s all assist them in this by taking part in our half.”

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Rapid tests could be booked at 4 Croydon check centres or could be collected in the afternoon from Central Parade, New Addington or Croydon Arena, South Norwood.

This week the nationwide vaccination programme began providing a primary jab to these aged 42 and over.

As of Friday, April 23 greater than 90 per cent of over 60s in Croydon had acquired their first Covid-19 vaccination.