Response to recent news reports of a 'spike' in COVID-19 cases in Ealing

It is vital that statistics are taken in context, and news reports which seem to be designed to scaremonger need to be addressed.

Councillor Julian Bell said: “There has been a lot of press speculation about ‘spikes’ in COVID-19 infection rates in different London boroughs, and Ealing has been named in this speculation.

 “This speculation has led to a lot of concerns and I wanted to reassure you that our accurate and up to date figures do not identify a ‘spike’ in COVID-19 infection that warrants immediate concern and there is currently no suggestion that merits discussions of a local lockdown.

“We monitor infection rates daily and absolutely assure you that they are low, in single figures.

“Ealing, like other authorities, is fully prepared to manage any increase in Covid 19 cases and have published our Covid 19 Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan

“As we carefully emerge from lockdown, it is important now more than ever that we all continue to follow advice on social distancing, self-isolation, wearing face coverings, and practicing good hand hygiene, in order to keep the number of new cases in Ealing on its way down. If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste, stay at home and arrange a test immediately.  Thank you” 

Arrange testing through the NHS website

Apply for a coronavirus test on GOV.UK if you are an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff,  are asking for tests for the residents and staff of your care home or have a verification code from your employer.

Public Health England (PHE) releases a weekly snapshot of new Covid-19 cases in England, by local authority.  The snapshot shows the rate of new cases in each area, based on tests that have been carried out in laboratories (‘pillar 1’ of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (‘pillar 2’).  It gives a more comprehensive overview of the country than the daily figures for local areas that are published on the Department of Health website, which are based only on pillar 1 testing.  There are no London boroughs in either of the categories of concern.