Big rise in Covid deaths in LB Hounslow in December

Deaths from Covid-19 in LB Hounslow shot up in December

The figures for deaths from Covid-19 show a dramatic increase in the month of December in LB Hounslow. Over the period June – October 2020 there were 21 deaths. In November alone there were 25 deaths but in December the number went up to 49 deaths.

The total number of deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate in Hounslow since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 287, according to the government’s coronavirus data.

These latest figures were released by the Council on Wednesday 6 January. Council Leader Steve Curran told The Chiswick Calendar:

“These numbers represent both tragic losses for families across the Borough, in all of the communities that make up this One Hounslow, and a stark warning of the challenge to control this awful virus that we face together. We must all play our part by staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.”

After the prime minister’s announcement on Monday that the country is going back into national lockdown, the council put out information about what the national lockdown means for residents:

‘The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local to where you live. You may only leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

‘If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work. We all need to act responsibly, think of others and play our part to keep ourselves and the most vulnerable safe’.

High level of infection

As of Monday 4 January, the infection rate in Hounslow was 1,050 per 1000,000 people – ie. above one percent of the population. An estimated one in 30 people were infected with Covid-19 in London between December 27 and January 2, official figures show. What is not known is how many more people have the disease who aren’t showing any symptoms.

A Consultant at one of west London’s largest hospitals has told The Chiswick Calendar that his hospital ‘has filled almost all space for the sickest patients, despite having massively expanded the available ITU beds, and is close to becoming overwhelmed’. Read his guest blog for The Chiswick Calendar here:

Professor Jeremy Levy has received his Covid vaccination and says it’s imperative that when you’re offered one, you take the opportunity

Boris Johnson said the weeks ahead would be the “hardest yet” but he believed the country was entering “the last phase of the struggle”.

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