Curfew could be imposed in the capital to fight a second Kovid-19 wave, a public health chief indicated today that he has appealed to Londoners to “pull together” to increase apprehension in cases.
With the epidemic expected to hit the city with far more force in the coming weeks, Professor Kevin Fenton, London Director of Public Health England, clarified that restrictions could be imposed, possibly including some across the capital, to avoid more drastic lockdowns Huh.
In an exclusive interview with Evening Standard, he also issued an urgent appeal to Londoners, honoring them for their “unprecedented” efforts to crush the first wave and urge them to “do it again”.
Professor Fenton said:
- Around 500,000 students from across the country and the world are coming to London to begin their tenure, which is likely to increase the transition.
- The number of tests in London is around 150,000, centered on hotspots in the North and Midlands, with testing demand a standard. The number of positive tests announced for the city yesterday was 278, though this could be reduced given the shortfall.
- Some coronovirus clusters are occurring in care homes, particularly in outer London.
- About 10 boroughs of London have coronavirus viruses of some 30 cases per 100,000 population, with a rolling average of seven days.
- Youth in the capital is promoting growth, although there are other factors.
- It was not clear where people caught the virus when asked about “groups” of cases in workplaces.
- Schools are now “understanding their role more effectively” in dealing with suspicious cases.
- The tube is “safe”.
- Optimistic optimism over a vaccine but warned of difficult autumn and winter.
The PHE chief emphasized that the objective was to avoid a lockdown in London, given their economic, health and welfare effects.
“Before we get to that stage, there are many other things you can do to help reduce the risk of transmission and prevent your outbreak,” Professor Fenton explained.
“In some areas people who have seen a resurgence have been placed at the limit at which time you can socialize. In some it may be local curfew so you don’t want to drink until the wee hours of the morning.
“By limiting the amount of time you spend in close contact with people.”
A curfew in Bolton has seen pubs, restaurants and other hospitality sites being restricted to takeaways and being near customers between 10pm and 5am.
Other measures cited Professor Fenton include wearing masks, strong public health warnings and more focus on making the workplace covid-safe.
He also emphasized that all Londoners have a role in combating the second wave.
“It is unprecedented what we did as a city in terms of the response to the national lockdown, the degree of repression we were able to achieve by time restrictions … very low rates of deaths and cases,” he said.
As we see the resurgence happening in different parts of the country, we need to call on that resolution… say that in fact we have done this before too and we can do it again.
“As we move into the winter period, when it is inevitable that we will see an increase in matters, vigilance and that commitment really come from all of us no matter what age, no matter your background, whether you are in the city – Need to pull it together. ”
Giving more detail on the plans for London, Professor Fenton said:
When needed, they can be ordered in London, not just targeted, localized population flow measures.
He said: “We will work with our London partners to find out what the best approach is, and some of it can accelerate activity at the Boro and sub-regional levels, and for some things pan it -The London approach may be needed, just because of how practical it is to implement some of those interventions. ”
According to tests available in London “the capacity of demand is much higher than what we have at the time,” he said, “where they are needed”.
“For some boroughs, where you have a high number of care homes, especially some boroughs in outer London, you can see clusters of cases occurring in those care homes.”
With over 100,000 tests a day allocated to nationwide care homes, it was now possible to “get back on track with asymptomatic testing”.
The return of the students was a “challenge”, he said.
“We expect more than 500,000 students to return to the city in the next few weeks.” But many universities were planning their own testing systems.
Kovid transmission rates are higher among people between 17 and 29 years of age.
“For young Londoners, coming back to normal life is associated with increased transmission,” he said.
He described how the tube is “safe” with extensive cleaning and high compliance wearing masks.
“We definitely learned our lessons from phase one on how we build a safe transportation system.”