Image above: Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving a Downing St press conference on Monday 14 June
Easing of Covid restrictions delayed by a month
The Prime Minister announced last night (Monday 14 June) that the final easing of Covid restrictions would be delayed by a month. Monday 19 July is the new date on which we can expect the last remaining restrictions to be removed.
Boris Johnson said that whereas he had seen 21 June as a “not before” date, he regarded 19 July as a “terminus” date. By then all over 18s will have been offered their first jab and two thirds of adults will have been double dosed.
“I think we will have built up a very considerable wall of immunity around the whole population by then” he said.
The Delta variant, as it is now called, was given as the reason for the delay. New variant infections are doubling week on week in the worst affected areas. There is “good evidence” to show that the vaccines work against this variant but people need two doses to provide “strong” protection. There is a 76 – 84% reduction rate in symptomatic cases amongst people who have been double dosed.
Boris announced some good news for people with summer weddings booked. They will be able to go ahead with more than 30 guests. Event planners in Chiswick heaved a sigh of relief. They were not looking forward to telling brides their wedding would be postponed in some cases for a second or third time.
Image above: Ealing Comedy Festival 2019
What difference will the delay make in Chiswick?
When I said to my 26 year old son the other day that I was struggling to remember what restrictions there were left to ease, he looked at me in disbelief and answered:
“Only everything that young people like to do – festivals, clubbing, partying. It’s alright for you!”
Lovebox festival should have happened last weekend, but didn’t and the pop-up Junkyard Market shut down earlier than planned because the Delta variant was present in LB Hounslow. The paddling pool in Dukes Meadows where usually at this time of year you can see little children happily splashing about, will remain closed.
READ ALSO: We’ve been talking to entertainment and hospitality venues to see what the effect will be on Chiswick Cinema, Chiswick Playhouse, live music, open air markets, pubs, the Bedford Park Festival, the Ealing Comedy Festival and events at Chiswick House.
Image above: Downing St press conference with Professor Chris Whitty, Boris Johnson and Sir Patrick Valance
Rate of vaccination 10% less in London than in some other parts of the country
At the Downing St press conference, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Valance confirmed that vaccinations were running at around 10% less in London than they were in some other parts in the country.
In LB Hounslow 164,097 people have received their first dose (59.8% adult population) and 99,916 have also had their second dose (36.4%). The figures for the whole of England are significantly higher, at 69.7% first dose and 50.8 second dose.
Image above: Map showing seven day rate of new cases up to 9 June 2021; source Gov.uk
Rate of infections increasing again in Chiswick
In terms of Covid infections, the rate is creeping up again. In Chiswick there were 39 new cases recorded in the week up to 9 June, eight more than were recorded the previous week. Here’s how they break down:
Up 8 on the previous week
Total new cases 13
Up 2 on the previous week
Total new cases 8
Up 2 on the previous week
Total new cases 6
Data not shown (fewer than 3 cases)
No change in rate of infection over the previous week
Total new cases 7
Down 1 on the previous week
Total new cases 5
In the week leading up to 2 June there were 31 new cases, more than double the figure in the week leading up to 26 May, when there were just 15 new cases recorded in Chiswick.
Across England as a whole, the rate of new cases of Covid-19 has climbed to its highest level for more than three months, with around one in 10 local areas now recording rates above 100 cases per 100,000 people. Two boroughs of London have rates that are back above 100: Lambeth (114.7, as of June 9) and Wandsworth (108.0).
“We must not be complacent” – Steve Curran
In response to Monday’s announcement that the roadmap out of lockdown would be extended by four weeks, Hounslow’s Council Leader, Cllr Steve Curran, said:
“We know that the decision today will come as a huge blow to many and will mean more sacrifice for our residents who have already sacrificed so much.
“All of us want to get back to a more normal way of life as quickly as possible. During the past few weeks we have seen the people of Hounslow stepping up, making a phenomenal effort to get PCR tested and vaccinated to help tackle cases of the Delta variant in the borough.
“Residents, volunteers and partners, including the NHS, are working together with the Council in true ‘One Hounslow’ spirit.
“However, today’s decision by the Government is a stark reminder that we cannot and must not be complacent when it comes to keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe from the virus. There is still more work to be done.
“We must continue to follow the rules, get tested and get vaccinated when we can and we must remember the importance of ‘Hands, Face, Space’. From tomorrow, we must keep encouraging everyone over the age of 23 to get vaccinated.
“For both myself and our Director of Public Health, Kelly O’Neill, I want to thank the people of Hounslow for everything they are doing to support one another during these incredibly challenging times and for the courage and determination they continue to show each and every day. If support is needed, we are here to help. Please just ask.”
If you are over the age of 23, below you can find a list of all our upcoming pop-up vaccination clinics over the next few days, more details of which are here.
- Book an appointment via www.nhs.uk or call 119:
- One of Hounslow’s five community pharmacy siteshounslow.gov.uk/vaccine
- Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre – 658 Chiswick High Road, Brentford TW8 0HJ – Open 8.00am-8.00pm.
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