Camden Council Leader urges residents to be extra careful this weekend as coronavirus cases rise

Coronavirus cases are rising in Camden and the number of new cases is increasing more rapidly now than in previous weeks.

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council
The rise in cases means that it is more important than ever that we all follow the current guidelines to keep each other safe. As well as the rise in cases, we are seeing more people in London being taken to hospital with serious symptoms. 

We all have to do everything we can to avoid the situation getting worse. We all need to wash our hands, social distance, wear face coverings and follow the ‘rule of six’. By taking these simple actions, we can prevent the situation getting worse and ultimately save lives.

For the last seven months, Camden residents have played their part and made personal sacrifices to slow the spread of this terrible virus. By working together, we have been able to keep case numbers relatively low, but they are now rising fast all across the city. It’s very important that all of us continue to take precautions to protect ourselves and our communities.

Rising cases means that we could see additional restrictions introduced across London very soon. If this happens, we will communicate the changes to you so you know what is happening. We are also committed to making sure residents get the support they need to get through these difficult times.

If you need help to self-isolate, together with our voluntary and community sector partners, we are ready to support you. You might need help accessing food or medicine, support with your job and work needs, or help with your children’s education and caring responsibilities. Whatever it is, please call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9). You can also find information about the wide range of support we offer at www.camden.gov.uk/coronavirus.

It remains absolutely vital that if you develop symptoms, you self-isolate and get tested. Anyone you live with must also self-isolate for 14 days, or until you get a negative test result. If you are struggling to get a test, please keep trying but if you can’t get tested, you must self-isolate for the full 10 days and everyone you live with must self-isolate for 14 days.

Coronavirus usually spreads through the droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, or by touching an object or surface that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose or eyes. You can prevent it spreading and keep yourself and loved ones safe by:

- Washing your hands regularly with warm, soapy water
- Wearing a face covering in indoor public spaces, making sure it covers your nose and mouth. Consider wearing one if you are visiting a person with underlying health conditions, along with taking other precautions
- Staying 2 metres away from people you don’t live with
- Not socialising indoors or outdoors in groups of more than six people

As always, please do get in touch with Camden Council if you need help.
Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council