Tide Turns on Covid-19 Infections in Brentford and Isleworth
Cases remain high but number down on previous week
The latest official figures for the number of Covid-19 infections in the Brentford and Isleworth area show that generally they have started to fall although they remain at dangerously high levels. More than 200 patients at West Middlesex University Hospital are being treated for coronavirus
In the week to 9 January, five out of the seven areas the locality is divided into saw a significant fall in the number of positive tests with all parts of Brentford seeing a decline.
Brentford Central for instance saw 80 cases in the week, a 16.7% decline over the previous week for an infection rate of 725.5 per 100,000. Brentford East saw a 7.9% fall to 128 cases for an infection rate of 1,027.3.
The virus continues to have a grip around Osterley and Spring Grove where cases have continued to rise. The infection rate in the Osterley and Lampton East area is 1,399.5.
The ONS divide the country into ‘Middle Super Output Areas’ (MSOAs) of roughly equal population size.
In recent weeks Hounslow borough has seen a much sharper rise in infections compared to the London average and the latest infection rate per 100,000 is 1104.
In the week to 9 January, 89,026 cases were identified in London, a rate of 993 cases per 100,000 population. This compares with 93,666 cases and a rate of 1045 for the previous week.
On 14 January the daily number of new people tested positive for Covid-19 in London was reported as 9,804 bring the total since the start of the pandemic to 548,116, This compares to a figure of 2,834,341 cases for England as a whole.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that 64 people have died in the Brentford and Isleworth areas. However, this data only covers the period before the end of November when the new strain had yet to have any impact so it can be expected to rise significantly. Four people died in November after the area had gone three months without seeing any deaths.
Hounslow’s Director of Public Health, Kelly O’Neill has praised those residents following the rules and asked them to continue to do so, but she has sent out a strong message to people who are not.
She said, “We are all fed up of being in lockdown, I’m fed up, I’m sure all our essential workers are fed up as well.
“For those people who aren’t following the rules, stop and think. Tell me what information you need, what numbers do you need to have, in order to act?
“The number of deaths we are seeing is increasing dramatically, in December we had about 50 people die, who live in our borough. In January, based on the data that’s reported to me by our registrar’s team, that will be significantly more…
“So tell me, what figures, what death number we need to get to for you to act? Now I know this is stark and people can complain with what I’m saying and how I’m saying it, but my role is to protect the health of the people who live in this borough.
“I cannot do it by myself. We have teams of carers, hospital doctors, people working at the council who are doing the right thing to help you, now do the right thing back and follow the rules.”
Tier four restrictions now apply to the area. These are similar to those imposed during the first national lockdown with people being told to stay at home - although travel for work is still permitted.
Social mixing is restricted to meeting one other person from outside your household in an open public space. All non-essential retail will have to close, along with hairdressers, nail bars and indoor entertainment venues.
Support bubbles remain unaffected, as do the exemptions for separated parents and their children.
January 15, 2021