Statement from Havering Council's Director of Public Health following media speculation of local lockdown
Mark Ansell, Director of Public Health said:
“We are aware of reports that local areas including Havering may be facing a lockdown due to increased cases of Covid 19.
“The source we assume the Daily Express article is based on shows an increase from 2 to 8 cases in Havering from one week to the next.
“It is an increase, but from a low base and is likely to reflect more testing and the outcomes of contact tracing rather than a sustained spike in cases.
“Public Health England London have reviewed cases in London and the overall trend remains downwards. We are nowhere near the levels where a lockdown would even be considered.
“Our outbreak plan is now in place and we are working closely with national partners on contact tracing and locally to make Havering Covid-secure.
“It is expected that cases will begin to rise as people begin to emerge from lockdown. This is why the NHS Test and Trace service is in place and testing is being expanded.
“There is no cause for alarm but we do need to stay alert – coronavirus has not gone away. We all need to continue with social distancing, and maintain effective respiratory and hand hygiene. Anyone with Covid 19 symptoms must self-isolate and request testing so that their close contacts can be traced before they unknowingly spread the infection further.
“Only by working together can we protect the vulnerable, the NHS and the economic and social life of the borough from the threat of Covid 19. “