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Stricter measures are needed to slow the spread of coronavirus

Following yesterday’s meeting with London Mayor Sadiq Khan (Monday 21 September), statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran.

Published: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

Cllr Curran

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “After meeting yesterday with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, other borough leaders and public health experts, it’s clear that stricter measures are needed to slow the spread of coronavirus across the capital.

“Cases are rising exponentially and, with the current woefully inadequate test and trace system, extra steps need to be taken to protect our most vulnerable residents and control demand on hospitals.

“If we act early we can hopefully save lives and reduce the likelihood of needing more stringent measures later. I urge the Prime Minister to listen to the collective voice of London and bring in the measures requested by the Mayor.

“We all need to play our part too and follow the key government guidance - washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, keeping two metres apart where possible, and no social gatherings in groups of more than six.

“We should never forget how awful things were during the peak of the first wave. We had 238 people die in Hounslow and hundreds more made seriously ill. Coronavirus is still out there, it can spread without symptoms and it is still lethal.

“I’ve been extremely proud and inspired by how Hounslow residents have stepped up to support each other during the pandemic, with the vast majority acting responsibly. We all have a duty to keep following the rules to protect our most vulnerable residents and the NHS.”

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