LB Hounslow now has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in London, with 914 people per 100,000 having the virus. More than 100 residents have died of the disease this month.
In a joint statement on the escalating situation in the borough, Council Leader Steve Curran and the Director of Public Health, Kelly O’Neill said:
“Though infection rates in the borough are coming down, they are not coming down quickly enough. These high numbers are putting our local NHS under great strain and, sadly, will mean more deaths. Already this month we have had more than 100 residents die with Covid-19, double the number we had in December.
“We know this isn’t simply about people ignoring the rules, indeed, most people are doing their bit and following the rules. We have disproportionately high numbers of people who have to travel to work, often on busy public transport and to busy workplaces, and also have many residents living in crowded homes with a wide range of age groups. All this puts them at greater risk.
“However, everyone must redouble their efforts to follow the rules because at the moment too many people are getting infected. You must stay at home as much as you possibly can. If you do have to leave, remember – hands, face, space. Anyone choosing to ignore the rules is making a choice to put themselves, and their friends and family at risk. They are making a choice which results in vulnerable people dying.
“Many of us now know someone who has been seriously unwell with Covid-19, and many have lost loved ones. Everyone needs to pause and think. It needs us all to do the right thing, to take responsibility for our actions; to protect each other.”
Images above: Council Leader – Steve Curran, Director of Public Health – Kelly O’Neill
Support, testing and vaccinations
“We know individuals and families are all wrestling with a range of challenges and this is an incredibly difficult time. There is a wide range of support available with more information at hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus“, continued the statement.
“Rapid tests are an incredibly useful way to reduce the spread of the virus. If you cannot work from home, I urge you to get tested, regularly, to help protect yourself and your loved ones. Book yours here hounslow.gov.uk/rapidtest.
“Finally, the COVID-19 vaccine is rolling out to the most vulnerable people now. Please do not contact your GP for a COVID-19 vaccine, the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to have the vaccine – nwlondonccgs.nhs.uk/coronavirus/nhs-covid-19-vaccination-programme. The vaccine is our pathway out, so sit tight, stay safe and respond when asked to go for your appointment.”
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