Professor Kevin Fenton, London director of Public Health England, has warned new restrictions may be brought in in a bid to avoid a stricter lockdown. Fears are said to be growing over more than 500,000 students returning to the capital over the next few weeks as university courses will begin again. Mr Fenton added transmission rates for coronavirus are higher among people aged 17 to 29.
He told the Standard: “Before we get to that stage there are many other things that you can do in order to help to reduce the risk of transmission and contain your outbreak.
“In some areas which have seen resurgence there have been limits placed on the amount of time you can spend socialising.
“In some it might be local curfews so you’re not out drinking until the wee hours of the morning.
“By limiting that you also limit the amount of time people are spending in close contact with others.”
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London record 278 positive cases on Tuesday.
Mr Fenton warned this number may acutally be higher due to testing shortages, as the city is being inundated with 150,000 testing requests a week.
He said: “Demand is at the moment much greater than the capacity that we have.”
Mr Fenton added that Londoners could also take measures to ensure there is no second wave.
He said: “It’s phenomenal what we did as a city in terms of the response to the national lockdown, the degree of suppression that we were able to achieve by the time restrictions were lifted…very low rates of death and cases.
“As we see the resurgence occurring in different parts of the country, we need to call on that resolve … say actually we did this before and we can do it again.
“As we move into the winter period, when it’s inevitable that we will see an increase in cases, that vigilance and that commitment is really going to be required from all of us whatever age, whatever background, wherever you are in the city — we need to pull together.”
Mr Fenton did add travelling by the Tube is “safe”.
This is due to strict cleaning measure and people following the rules on mask wearing.
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He said: “We have certainly learned our lessons from phase one in terms of how do we create a safe transportation system.”
Mr Fenton also explained more than 100,000 tests a day are being allocated for care homes nationwide, so London could now “get back on track with asymptomatic testing” as cares homes in outer London are taking a hit with cases rising.
He said: “For some boroughs, where you have high numbers of care homes, especially some of the outer London boroughs, you will tend to see clusters of cases occurring in those care homes.”
But Mr Fenton warned the new restrictions could affect all Londoners, rather than just being targeted.
He said: “We will work with our London partners to identify what’s the best approach, and some of that might be intensifying activity at borough and sub-regional levels.
“For a few things it may require a pan-London approach, just because of how feasible it is to implement some of those interventions.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today the Government was drawing up a list setting out who will be at the front of the queue for coronavirus tests after a “colossal spike” in demand.
He said: “We are working very fast to turn around all the test requests that we get.
“I think most people looking at the record of this country in delivering tests across this nation will see that it actually compares extremely well with any other European country.”
Source:Daily Express :: UK Feed