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Coronavirus infections remain steady throughout May and June

PUBLISHED: 16:02 01 July 2020 | UPDATED: 16:02 01 July 2020

Romford town centre in lockdown. Picture: Ken Mears

Romford town centre in lockdown. Picture: Ken Mears

Ken Mears

There has been no significant increase in coronavirus infections in Havering in the past two months, Public Health England (PHE) data has revealed.

June saw no more than three new infections per day recorded in the borough, while throughout May the daily new infection number remained in single digits for much of the month. The highest number of recorded new infections in the two month period was 17 on May 1.

And Havering Council has sought to allay fears of a local lockdown similar to that being imposed in Leicester, despite national newspaper reports placing the borough as one of 36 local authorities that could be at risk due to the cumulative increase.

Director of public health for Havering Council, Mark Ansell said: “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.

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“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.”

MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell, added: “I am calling on all residents of Havering to be mindful and to stay alert to the dangers of Covid-19. As the country begins to ease restrictions on lockdown it is important to remember that not every where is the country is at the same level, so it is important that we continue to follow the Governments guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.

“I urge Havering residents to stay at home, self-isolate and get tested if they have any symptoms, as leaving the house while ill could put others at risk.”


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