A statement from the Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran.
Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2020
“Since early August there has been an increase in cases of coronavirus in the borough from a previously low and steady level. We are experiencing localised spikes in certain areas of our Borough, similar to those being seen across other boroughs in London.
“The spread of cases suggests it’s due to wider family and friend groups meeting and not maintaining social distancing. Because of the low numbers overall, often a single household can account for significant rise in cases.
“We are treating this increase extremely seriously, but proportionately, with targeted communications and engagement specific to these areas and communities. This reiterates government safety messages, advises on how to get tested, and sign-posts to more support. This effort is being supported by a range of ‘champions’ in our community and voluntary and community groups.
“There is a robust and responsive mechanism in place to monitor coronavirus cases. The Council receives daily updates from Public Health England, which are disseminated to key service areas and partners, and I, as Leader of the Council, am regularly briefed by our Director of Public Health on the latest data and action being taken. A comprehensive Outbreak Control Plan is in place which details when and how further measures will be put in place if necessary.
“To ensure that we keep our loved ones and communities safe, it is important we take extra care and attention. Coronavirus is still circulating, lives are still at risk and our priority remains protecting our most vulnerable residents.
“Let’s all do our bit to reduce the spread and keep our friends and family safe. We need everyone to keep their distance from people who do not live in their home, staying 2 metres away from them at all times where possible.”
Continue to follow all Government advice:
- Keep your distance – 2m from others not in your household where possible
- Wash your hands, or use hand sanitiser, regularly and for at least 20 seconds, especially when you get home.
- Don’t touch your face when you’re are not in your home.
- Wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, on public transport and when in other indoor spaces where keeping apart from others isn’t possible. Please always take a face covering with you when you leave your home in case you need to use it.
- Get a free test if you have any symptoms - a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Find a local site here.
- Stay at home if you have symptoms, test positive for the virus, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
More information at www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus