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Hounslow backs capital-wide campaign to keep London safe

Hounslow Council is supporting a London-wide campaign to address low awareness of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing launches.

Published: Thursday, 30th July 2020

Keep Hounslow Safe

Hounslow Council is supporting a London-wide campaign to address low awareness of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing launches. The campaign - Keep London Safe - is a collaboration between the 32 London borough councils and the City of London Corporation, supported by Public Health England (PHE), the NHS, and Greater London Authority (GLA). The partnership will span borough boundaries and address the challenges of London’s diversity, deprivation and density.

The campaign was developed to reach communities across the capital, after a poll run by the GLA indicated that 46 per cent of Londoners didn’t know how to get a test. The campaign aims to increase awareness and understanding of NHS Test and Trace, and will drive home public health messaging and make sure Londoners know how to get a test if they are showing COVID-19 symptoms.

The capital’s public services, boroughs, businesses and communities are promoting the Keep London Safe message to all Londoners through social media, posters and adverts. This includes tailoring the message to target local communities, for example or Keep Hounslow Safe or Keep Waltham Forest Safe.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“Thanks to the monumental efforts of Londoners, we have significantly reduced the number of COVID-19 cases in the capital, but we must continue to do everything we can to keep London safe. I urge Londoners to continue washing your hands regularly, keep a safe distance from others and wear face coverings in enclosed spaces.

“If you have any COVID-19 symptoms please stay at home and get tested as soon as possible and follow the instructions of NHS Test and Trace if they contact you. By taking these important steps we can stop the further spread of the virus and avoid a deadly second wave.”

Cllr Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health at Hounslow Council, says:

“We are very proud of the Hounslow community who have been responsible since lockdown eased. However, we can’t afford to get complacent and risk another lockdown as other parts of the country have shown.

“Coronavirus is infectious, and lives are at risk, so everyone in the borough needs to play their part in preventing its spread.  This includes providing information to the NHS Test and Trace team if you have a positive test result, to self-isolating if you are contacted. We must all work together to keep Hounslow safe.”

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, get a test immediately, call 119 or visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Symptoms include:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough, or
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

If NHS test and trace gets in touch to say you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must follow their instructions and stay at home for 14 days.

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