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New pillar 2 data on coronavirus not a cause for concern

Statement from Councillor Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health.

Published: Friday, 3rd July 2020

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Cllr Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health, said:

“The data released by Public Health England yesterday confirmed there have been 1,053 cases of Covid 19 in the borough from February 28 to the end of June – 790 from Pillar 1 tests, and 263 from Pillar 2.

“These extra Pillar 2 cases, which were recorded over several months, are not a cause for concern for how coronavirus is currently being managed across London, where overall levels remain low and steady.

“Like all London boroughs, we are working closely with Public Health England to monitor new cases. We have a robust outbreak control plan in place and are able to quickly identify any need for immediate intervention.

“However, we cannot afford to get complacent. Coronavirus is still out there and lives are still at risk. We must all continue to play our part, follow the rules, protect our vulnerable residents and control the spread.”

  • Pillar 1 is swab testing in Public Health England labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need, and health and care workers
  • Pillar 2 is swab testing for the wider population, as set out in government guidance
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