Croydon has now reached a dismal milestone in the coronavirus pandemic with more than 1,000 people dying after contracting the virus.
The Croydon borough was one of the worst hit at the height of the pandemic in London where more than 580 patients died after being admitted to Croydon University Hospital with Covid-19.
Director of Public Health at Croydon Council, Rachel Flowers, in an interview stated: “it is truly devastating to think of the true cost of this pandemic – the loss of human life within our community, our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. We will always remember them.
“My deepest sympathies are with everyone who has lost a loved one in the past year. We cannot forget all that we have been through, as individuals and a community, with so many of us having suffered bereavement.
“As we rebuild, we must do everything we can to care for and support each other. Also, to prevent any further loss of life. Let’s keep moving forward, but do so with great care.”
As of 30th April, there are current 15 Covid-19 patients admitted in the hospital, none of whom are on ventilation.
There have been no records of deaths from Covid-19 since the start of April 2021.
For seven days up to Friday, April 29 there was a rate of 15.8 cases per 100,000 in the borough a slight decrease from the week before which saw a rate of 19 cases per 100,000 for the week up to April 23.
Cases have indeed dropped considerably from the peak rate in January which saw a staggering rate of 665 cases per 100,000 for the seven days up to January 1.
Croydon Council leader Hamida Ali said Croydon has experienced “an indescribable loss as a community”.
She also added: “We cannot alter what has happened, but by coming together to reflect, I hope we can help each other to heal while strengthening our resolve to do everything within our power to protect ourselves and others.”