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A mobile testing centre that was to open for walk in and drive-through appointments in Syon Park this Saturday (19 September) is no longer taking place.

You can still book a home test or visit a regional testing centre at Twickenham Stadium or Heathrow Airport. Find out more on Hounslow Council’s web site.

The original plans to open a facility in Syon Park came as cases continue to rise in the Brentford and Isleworth area.

According to data for the week to 13 September there were seven cases in the Brentford West and Osterley Park area, three cases in Syon Green, six cases in Isleworth and Ivybridge and eight cases in Osterley and Lampton East.

The authorities are increasingly looking to target testing in areas where clusters of infection have appeared.

Concern is rising about the increase in the number of cases in Hounslow borough. On 10 September there were 27 new cases, the highest daily rate of infection since 30 April.

Kelly O'Neill, Director Public Health for Hounslow said in a statement issued on 16 September, “The rise in numbers has coincided with the easing of lockdown restrictions, the start of the school term, of working-aged people returning to their workplaces and people socialising. Similar to the national picture, the majority of our cases are working age adults aged between 20 and 50. As of today, there were 88 people who have had a confirmed positive test in the last seven days, and this number is increasing even though access to testing is proving to be a challenge.

“Our rate is still below the figure where a local lockdown would be considered, but it is one of the highest rates in London. None of us want to see more restrictions in place, we need to be able to carry on our daily routine, keep our children safely in school, and support our shops and local businesses. We can all play our part to help keep Hounslow open for business. Unless you are exempt, please wear a face covering when you’re inside public spaces or out and about and can’t maintain a 2 metre distance, and remember to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.

“If you develop symptoms of the virus, please immediately self-isolate and book a test. If you cannot get a test, please be responsible and self-isolate – this is really important. The national testing programme is struggling to manage the high demand for Covid-19 tests. It’s important that if you don’t have symptoms, and have not been advised to take a test that you don’t book one – tests need to be prioritised for people who are symptomatic. I know this is frustrating for everyone.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the majority of residents who have been following the guidance, and shown so much resilience and community spirit throughout this crisis. Let’s continue to work together to keep Hounslow safe.”

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September 18, 2020

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