Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On 4 January, the Prime Minister announced an immediate national lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus as rates rapidly go up across London and the country.

By law you must now stay at home, and only leave your home for specific reasons, such as: 

  • to shop for essential items and medicine
  • to exercise once a day in your local area with your household (or support bubble) or one other person
  • to travel to work, but only if you can’t work from home
  • to provide care or help to vulnerable people
  • to seek medical help, get tested or get vaccinated
  • to escape domestic abuse

Read the full details of the national lockdown

Testing for Coronavirus

Testing for coronavirus is key to reducing the spread of the virus.

If you have symptoms (a high temperature; a new continuous cough; a loss of smell or taste) you should self-isolate immediately with your family and get a COVID-19 test.

One in three people with COVID-19 do not display any symptoms and this can mean that the virus is spread to other people, including people you live with.

Residents who have a valid reason for leaving home under the lockdown rules can now get a free coronavirus test in Ealing, even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

Find out more about how and where to get a test.

Testing for the South African variant of Coronavirus

A small number of cases of the more easily transmitted South African variant of the virus have been identified in the borough. Following recent surge testing in Hanwell and West Ealing, the council is now asking residents across the borough to go to their local community test sites and get a rapid test from Thursday, 25 February. This will help identify whether you have the virus and if further tests are required to check for the variant. Find out more about how and where to get a test.

Coronavirus vaccines

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca have both been approved for use in the UK. A third COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna has also been approved in the UK for spring rollout. The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. When you are called for a vaccine it is critical you keep your appointment. Check the NHS website to see if you are eligible to book an appointment without waiting to be contacted. If you are offered a vaccine, please make sure you get it - vaccines offer the only protection from COVID-19 and the best way out of the pandemic. Find out more about vaccines

Coronavirus statistics

You can view the Coronavirus figures for Ealing in our weekly dashboard, which presents the numbers and rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the borough, as well as comparisons with North West London, London and nationally.

Caution needs to be exercised when comparing different areas, as the differences may not be statistically significant. Rates should be compared instead of raw figures for different areas.

Check the government Coronavirus dashboard for the latest official figures on cases in the UK.

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