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Why are Ealing coronavirus case numbers so high?

Zero Covid-19 Deaths in Ealing 26 September to 2 October 2020

In fact in 8 of the previous 12 weeks (prior to 26 September 2020) there were no Covid-19 deaths in Ealing. (Source: Public Health England via Ealing Council’s Ealing Covid-19 Dashboard).

Ealing Covid-19 Infection Rate Still Rising

151/100,000 11 October to 17 October 2020. Still the highest in London. However 21 of 32 boroughs scored over 100/100,000. UK Covid-19 deaths were 241 on 20 October 2020. The national Covid-19 death rate is rising, but at a slower rate than in the first Covid-19 wave.

Why are Ealing Covid-19 Case Numbers So High?

I have sent a Freedom of Information request to Ealing Public Health (EPH) for information on why the infection rate was the highest in London on 15 October 2020 (144.5/100,000) and what Ealing Council is doing to attempt to reduce that rate. Given that ‘Elthorne Park’ at 295.3/100,000 had the highest infection rate of any neighbourhood in London on 15 October 2020 (‘Mail Online’), I also asked EPH why that was, and which buildings and streets were the most infected.

I wonder what Ealing’s ‘leaders’ might be doing in this area? On 20 October 2020 I attended a virtual meeting in which James Murray MP was given free rein to talk about care issues and he never mentioned it. Virendra Sharma MP is about to hold a virtual, public ’listening’ meeting about Covid-19 response Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTNs). However there has been no public statement (or virtual public meeting) by him about Covid-19 infection rates in his constituency which are the highest in London. As for the very active and publicity-savi Rupa Huq MP, if she was working this story we would have heard about it by now!

And what of Ealing Council Leader Councillor Julian Bell? Nothing from him on the topic. Maybe he’s just too busy dealing with votes of no confidence and LTN issues. And as for the other Ealing Council leader Chief Executive Paul Najsarek his public profile is non-existent so who knows whether he might be asking all the right questions. Personally I doubt it.

93% Want Covid-19 Response LTNs Removed: Ealing Conservative Party Survey Reveals

On 19 October 2020 Ealing Conservatives revealed the results of their online Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) survey. Over 1,000 people responded. 93% of them were anti-LTNs and want them removed.

Volunteers Needed in Ealing to Help Support Food Collection for Christmas

Fareshare and the Trussell Trust will be collecting food at Tesco stores 19 to 21 November 2020. Fareshare wants volunteers to work at donation points in Tesco whilst Trussell wants volunteers to encourage people to donate food. More information and to sign up here.

Ealing’s Neighbourly Care Receives a Covid-19 Response £13,512 Grant to Help the Elderly

The charity, which works with Ealing’s minority community, received the grant through Independent Age, the national older people’s charity.

Ealing Councillors Vote to Retain Covid-19 Response LTNs

On Tuesday 20 October 2020 at a full Ealing Council Meeting Councillors debated on whether to retain or remove Ealing’s recently installed Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs). The majority vote was to retain the LTN road blocks.

At the same meeting was yet another vote of no confidence in Council Leader Julian Bell. This was defeated by a very wide margin. In an amazing turnround, 27 labour Councillors who had voted to oust Councillor Bell at a private Ealing Labour Party meeting on 28 September 2020 changed their minds and supported him.

You can view all the proceedings at the Ealing Council meeting here.

Eric Leach

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October 22, 2020