Covid-19 Cases Reach Unprecedented Levels in Fulham

Over 1,000 people infected in a week in the SW6 area

Hospitalisations increasing in the area

Fulham has seen rampant growth in Covid-19 cases with infections more than doubling in the latest week from levels that were already at an all-time high.

Over 1,000 people have tested positive in the SW6 postcode area in the week to 19 December. In some neighbourhoods over 3% of the population have caught the virus in a seven day period.

The prevalence of infections has led to many bars and restaurants closing over the Christmas period partly due to difficulties getting staff because employees are self-isolating.

The area designated as Fulham Aintree by the Office of National Statistics has the highest infection rate at the moment at 3,080.9 per 100,0000 population closely followed by Fulham Reach, Munster and Fulham Broadway. Only the South Park area has not seen infections doubling and currently cases there are below the London average.

A local GP said, “This is uncharted territory. The transmissibility of the Omicron strain is higher than anything we have seen before and we are guessing at this stage as to how seriously ill it is likely to make people. It’s not too late to get your booster or even your first or second jab – nobody will judge you if you have delayed until now.”

The borough of Hammersmith & Fulham currently has the sixth highest infection rate in London at 2,458 per 100,000 population. The top two boroughs, Lambeth and Wandsworth, both currently have infection rates over 3,000. The London average is 1,872.

Covid-19 Infections in Fulham to 19 December
Area Cases Per 100,000 Change (%)
Fulham Aintree
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 019)
Fulham Reach
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 018)
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 022)
Fulham Broadway
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 017)

Parsons Green West
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 021)


Lillie Road & Greyhound Road
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 016)


Fulham Palace and Hurlingham Park
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 024)


Sands End & Chelsea Harbour
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 023)


Parsons Green East & Eel Brook Common
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 020)

North End
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 015)

South Park
(MSOA Hammersmith and Fulham 025)


Map of Fulham's MSOA districts - these are areas created by the ONS

London appears to be the epi-centre of the Omicron outbreak with the rest of England have an infection rate of under 1,000 per 100,000 with the capital’s average nearly double that. Some health experts are blaming London’s relatively low vaccination rates for the high number of positive tests although the current wave appears to be mainly affecting younger age groups. There is concern that this may change during Christmas due to the intergenerational mixing taking place.

23 people died of the virus on Christmas Eve in London but the number of people with Covid-19 on mechanical ventilation beds in the capital actually fell in the week from 208 to 207. Hospitalisations are on the rise with the number of patients increasing from 1,534 on 17 December to 2,260 on Christmas Eve. Local hospitals are reporting difficulties with staffing due to frontline workers needing to self-isolate.

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January 9, 2021