Over 4,000 People in Brentford and Isleworth Have Had Covid-19

Number of infections during pandemic more than doubled since Christmas

Brentford and Isleworth positive test falling but still high
Brentford and Isleworth positive test falling but still high


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4,124 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Brentford and Isleworth area since the beginning of the pandemic.

The number, which is for up to 29 January shows that the Brentford ward has had the highest number of cases with 1,196. Syon ward has had 1030 cases, Osterley and Spring Grove 984 and Isleworth 914.

Generally the number of cases has been below that for other parts of the borough with Heston and Hounslow the worst affected so far with 1,589 cases in Hounslow Central ward.

In the short term, the number of cases in the area has started to fall sharply from the very high levels seen recently. In the week to 30 January the number of positive tests was down by 44.8% in the Brentford East area, 41.2% in the Brentford Central area and 55.4% in Spring Grove. Isleworth and Ivybridge now has the highest local rate of infection with 445.9 cases per 100,000 down by 15.3% on the week. These numbers are based on areas designated by the Office of National Statistics rather than council wards.

covid infection Hounslow borough

The ONS divide the country into ‘Middle Super Output Areas’ (MSOAs) of roughly equal population size.

Covid-19 Infection Rates in the Brentford Area to 30 January 2021
Area Cases Increase (%) Weekly rolling rate per 100,000 Deaths since March Deaths in December

Isleworth & Ivybridge

Spring Grove
Brentford Central
Osterley & Lampton East
Syon Green
Brentford West & Osterley Park
Brentford East

Source: ONS

The ward figures have been published in a report presented to a Hounslow Council committee. They show that the number of cases in the borough rocketed by 158% between 20 December 2020 and 29 January 2021 from 8,373 to 21,643.

Only 15% of those infected are over 60 with the largest proportion catching the disease in the 31-49 age group.

The report also looks at demographic factors in the spread of the disease and find links with housing density, the prevalence of multi-generational housing and economic deprivation. In terms of ethnicity there was a high prevalence of the disease in the Asian community.

Although weekly infection rates have declined from peak levels, Hounslow remains a hot spot for the virus in London with an infection rate of 432 per 100,000 in the week to 30 January second only to Ealing.

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.

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February 5, 2021

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