A sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 cases has seen Brentford become the area with the highest level of infection in west London.
The figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) of the week ending 12 December show that the infection rate in the Brentford West and Osterley Park area was 503.1 per 100,000. There were 40 cases in a 263.6% increase on the week.
The ONS divide the country into ‘Middle Super Output Areas’ (MSOAs) of roughly equal population size. The Brentford East MSOA had 38 new cases to bring its infection rate to 305 and Brentford Central had 33 cases for a rate of 310. The Osterley and Lampton East infection rate rose by 78.6% to give an overall rate of 273.
Covid-19 Infection Rates in the Brentford Area to 12 December
Weekly rolling rate per 100,000
Brentford West & Osterley Park
Isleworth & Ivybridge
Osterley & Lampton East
The cluster of infections has not reached the Syon Green area which saw 14 cases, the same as the previous week to give a rolling rate of infection of 127.
Hounslow’s overall infection rate for the week ending 12 December is 273 per 100,000, around the London average.
Darker areas have higher levels of infection. Source: ONS
The council has not responded to our previous requests for explanations of clusters of infection in the borough. Anecdotally, there have been some indications that high infection rates at a local level have often originated in schools.
Even the highest rate in the Brentford area is currently well below the levels of infection being seen in the worst affected areas of east London, Essex and Kent. These have seen rolling weekly infection rates increase to close to 1000 per 100,000 of population indicating that the virus is out of control in these locations.
Borough Director of Public Health, Kelly O'Neill said, "
Rates of infection in Hounslow and across London are the highest they’ve ever been and will continue to increase if we do nothing.
"Residents are urged to stick to all the Tier 3 rules and consider who they visit this Christmas and whether loved ones will be kept safe.
"We all need to act responsibly, think of others and play our part to keep ourselves and the most vulnerable safe.
"It's clear what Hounslow residents can do - follow the rules, get tested and stay at home.
"It’s also important we all keep doing the basics - regularly washing your hands, keeping a safe distance from others and wearing a face covering."
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