Harrow could be moved into tier 3 next week as Covid-19 cases soar

Harrow Council have posted a message to residents that says ‘urgent action is needed’ to control the spread of covid-19.

Harrow has seen an almost 60% jump in the rate of Covid-19 infection – this is now higher than the national average.

An urgent message posted via My Harrow said: “Our cases exceeded 220 per 100,000 in the last week. The national average is 131. If numbers continue to rise we will be moved into Tier 3 next week.

“Every one of us can play a part in working together to slow down the spread of this terrible disease, no-one wants to see their family or friends spend the festive period or New Year in intensive care, or worse.

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“We are holding a community meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Harrow and what actions we can all take to help reduce the spread – more details are below.

“Please remain vigilant and follow the rules as we go shopping, eat out or meet friends and family outside – no socialising indoors with anybody who is not in your support bubble or household. Remember the basics of washing hands, social distancing and ‘Hands, Face, Space’ and always remember your sanitiser and face mask when you leave home.

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“With transmission of Coronavirus rising rapidly in Harrow, as well as the rest of London, we have taken action – thanks to the addition of our new walk-through testing centre at Harrow Weald Recreation Ground (known locally as Boxtree Park) we can now carry out 5,000 tests a week. But we know more must be done and so we are looking at how we could use rapid tests that sees a results within 45 minutes in key areas including shopping centres.

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“If you’re feeling unwell with just one of the symptoms of Covid, a new continuous cough, high temperature, or a loss of or change to taste or smell, it’s vital that you get tested. To book a test visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

“Please take extra care and wear a face covering or mask properly when shopping at this busy time of year – your actions will help stop the spread of what remains a deadly virus”.

(Source: Harrow Council)