|Wembley High Road (Credit: Amanda Rose)|
Brent Council, on a post on its website, has sought to reassure residents in the face of reports that the borough is facing a lockdown after events in Leicester:
You may have seen news reports that Brent could shortly be put into a local lockdown. The situation is constantly monitored, but public health data does not suggest that cases are rising in the borough and there are currently no plans for a local lockdown.
However, it remains important to follow the latest government guidelines. Please keep your distance and get tested if you display symptoms.
Professor Kevin Fenton, London Regional Director for Public Health England, also commented on the reports, saying that:
The number of new cases of coronavirus is under close, active surveillance across the country and small fluctuations day by day are to be expected.
The increases in some boroughs that have been reported are mainly sporadic and are being uncovered as we scale up testing and contact tracing activity across the city.
Importantly, the overall levels of coronavirus in London remain low and steady. We’re working closely with all local authorities to prepare for and manage any potential local clusters and outbreaks and our epidemiological analysis will play an important role identifying if there is a significant sustained increase in the community.
As we carefully emerge from lockdown, it is important now more than ever that Londoners continue to follow government advice on social distancing, self-isolation, wearing face coverings, and practicing good hand hygiene, in order to keep the number of new cases in London on its way down. If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change to your sense of smell or taste, stay at home and arrange a test immediately.