London coronavirus: Havering may face local lockdown after alarming spike in Covid-19 cases – My London
Havering may soon face a local lockdown following an alarming spike in coronavirus cases in the borough.
Figures show the number of new Covid-19 cases in Havering trebled week-on-week during August, leading Havering Council to confirm that new cases in the borough are now higher than both the London and England average.
Council bosses say the borough could be placed in lockdown as early as October.
It comes after data published by Public Health England (PHE) showed an alarming spike in cases in Havering throughout August and September.
The latest figures shows there were 83 new cases in the seven days up to September 7, with an infection rate of 32.0 per 100,000 people.
In the week up to August 31, there were 46 new cases, with an infection rate of 17.7.
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Havering Council has now warned residents that the borough faces being placed in lockdown unless everyone “does their bit” to battle the pandemic
Havering Council’s director of public health, Mark Ansell, said: “This is now urgent. New Covid-19 cases in Havering are going up and will continue to do so if we don’t take action now.
“If we cannot bring down those numbers, vulnerable people will be at risk of serious illness and death and more severe restrictions will be necessary, including the prospect of ‘lockdowns’, perhaps as soon as October.
Havering has seen an increase in cases throughout August and September (Image: MyLondon / Darren Pepe)
“This is serious, this is real and it is happening now. Nobody wants to see further restrictions on life in Havering and we are doing absolutely everything within our power to avoid that happening.
“Follow the guidance on washing hands, social distancing and wearing masks. You must get a test if you experience even mild symptoms of a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of sense of taste or smell.
“If there is any good news, it is that we are not seeing more people becoming desperately ill, but that could change if we don’t get those new case numbers down quickly.
“It’s up to us all to protect our families, friends and neighbours and to do our bit to keep Havering safe.”
Following the spike in cases, a new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is opening at the Cherry Tree Lane car park off Rainham Road in South Hornchurch
The site, which will be open from Saturday (September 12), is expected to be in use for up to six months.
Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council, has pleaded with Havering residents to come together to stop the spread of Covid-19.
There have been more coronavirus deaths in London than most regions across England (Image: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
He said: “This is a crucial moment in our collective efforts to control the spread of the virus in Havering and to keep ourselves and those we love safe.
“Even if you don’t feel worried about the health risks of the virus on you, you could unwittingly be passing Covid-19 on to parents, grandparents and other people who are at far greater risk of dying or becoming seriously ill from the virus than you are. Don’t take the risk of that being on your conscience.
“Our cases – like those in many other places across the country including nearby boroughs – are increasing.
“Our actions have included asking the Government for more testing facilities and it’s good news that our request for more testing in Havering means a site in South Hornchurch will be open for use from this weekend and we are planning for a further site in Harold Hill to open in coming weeks.
“Wear face coverings when being tested and if you cannot wear a face covering to go to the site, you will need to ask for a home test. Don’t travel to the sites by public transport or taxi.
“Throughout this crisis Havering has shown so much resilience, civic pride and community spirit. I know we can do it again.
“We must do everything possible to avoid the impact of more restrictions which could damage our high streets and local businesses, stop us seeing friends and family and put our children’s education at risk again. Let’s all do our bit to keep this virus at bay in our borough.”
Anyone wanting to be tested for coronavirus in Havering can do so at the testing centre at the rear of the Town Hall in Romford every third day, or at the new centre at the Cherry Tree Lane car park seven days a week.
NHS workers in PPE treat a patient at Queens Hospital (Image: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
How residents in Havering can get a Covid-19 test
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms is able to get a free swab test.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. Results should be back by the next day after testing.
Residents in need of a test can also walk in for a test without an appointment, but there is no guarantee they’ll be seen if the site is busy that day, so booking is best.
Those who walk in without an appointment will also need to bring a smart phone with them so they can register when they arrive.
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