‘Covid figures do not reflect the real picture’ Kelly O’Neill

September 24, 2020 / by Bridget Osbourne

LB Hounslow’s Director of Public Health Kelly O’Neill says the official figures for people who have Covid-19 do not reflect the full extent of the pandemic in London.

‘This week we have seen the rate of coronavirus infection in Hounslow reduce from a high of 37 cases per 100,000 people last week to 25 cases per 100,000 people this week. These figures do not reflect a fully accurate picture and are based on positive cases of people who have been able to get tested.

‘We know that the current testing provision in London isn’t able to offer tests to everyone who needs one. What we do know, and what matters, is that cases are rising rapidly across London as a whole, and more people are needing hospital treatment’.

The Evening Standard is reporting that 25,000 tests for Covid-19 were diverted away from London.

Kevin Fenton, the head of Public Health England in London, disclosed the fall in testing during  Monday’s meeting with leaders of London’s 32 boroughs and Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Standard reports.

‘According to one source who took part in the private virtual meeting, Professor Fenton made clear that the current testing levels alone could not track the progress of the disease in the capital’.

They know the rate of infection is higher than the figures of those tested would suggest, from the number of admissions to hospitals and the increase in 111 calls.

In her latest statement to Hounslow residents Kelly O’Neill says:
‘We must all do our bit to protect the vulnerable people in our borough. Even if you are in a lower risk age group, and not as worried about coronavirus symptoms, please keep Hounslow safe for everyone by following government advice on social distancing, self-isolation, wearing face coverings in crowded spaces (inside and out) and practising good hand hygiene; if we do this we contribute to keeping coronavirus at bay.
‘Don’t forget how awful things were during the peak of the first wave. We saw 238 people die in Hounslow and hundreds more were seriously sick, many of whom are still suffering the ill effects’.

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