COVID deaths within the London space hit a every day excessive not seen in months

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The London-area health unit announced three new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, a number of deaths in one day not seen since the Omicron-powered fifth wave.

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April 21, 202248 minutes ago2 minutes read (Getty Images)

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The London-area health unit announced three new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, a number of deaths in one day not seen since the Omicron-powered fifth wave this winter.

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All of the deaths occurred within the last week, the Middlesex-London Health Unit said.

One, a woman in her 60s, was unvaccinated, the health unit said. Another woman, also in her 60s, had received two doses. The third COVID-19 fatality, a woman in her 80s, had received three doses. None of the deaths reported Thursday were linked to a nursing or retirement home.

Officials have now reported 371 local COVID-19 deaths since the first in March 2020.

While only about eight percent of the London and Middlesex County population aged 12 and over have not received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the unvaccinated continue to be overrepresented among local virus-related deaths.

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The daily number of COVID-19 deaths in London and Middlesex has been falling in recent weeks, compared with the fifth wave in January and February, which broke daily records: the highest number of local COVID-19 deaths, according to an unofficial chart from the Free Press reported in a single day by the local health unit was eight, on February 23.

This winter’s fifth wave resulted in dozens of COVID-19 deaths – there were 46 local deaths in January 2022 alone, making it the second-deadliest month of the pandemic here. But the second wave in December 2020/January 2021 was far more deadly, striking before vaccines were widely available. The second wave local count was 117 deaths.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit on Thursday reported 84 new COVID-19 cases, a total that doesn’t reflect the full scale of viral activity in the community due to restrictions on lab-based testing.

The London Health Sciences Center reported 48 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, matching the total for the past few weeks. Seven of them are in intensive care. The hospital is testing all admissions for COVID-19. Of the 48 positive patients, 28 are in hospital for another illness but also have the virus.