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Police warn public about ‘people knocking on doors claiming to be testing for Coronavirus’

Details are emerging about people knocking on houses claiming to be testing for Coronavirus.

Headstone North SNT tweeted this afternoon (16 March) at 12:59pm: “Starting to receive info about people knocking on doors claiming to be testing/ preparing to test for #Coronavirus . Pls be vigilant & do not give personal details to any unsolicited callers to your door. Pls ensure your neighbours are aware;particularly those not on OWL/ Twitter”

Roxeth Police also shared the tweet to their followers.  Within the tweet was a screen shot with text that reads: “Hi be warned, there is a group going to homes and pretending to be officials from home affairs. They have documents with the letterhead Department of Home Affairs and claim to be confirming that everyone has a valid ID for the upcoming census. They are robbing homes. Take note there is no initiative like that’s from the government. Send this on your neighbourhood group chat. They are everywhere and look presentable. Please alert your family and friends”.

Pinner South SNT posted: “Please be aware that @NHSuk are NOT conducting any door to door initiatives in regards to testing individuals for #coronavirus / #COVID19.

“If anyone knocks on your door claiming to be conducting the tests please call police.”

Police warn public about ‘people knocking on doors claiming to be testing for Coronavirus’ Harrow Online
The tweet sent out this afternoon

If you have elderly relatives or friends living nearby, please make him aware of the situation. The latest NHS advise remains:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.