Redbridge Council responds to inaccurate media coverage

Published: 1 July 2020

 Redbridge Council’s Public Health Director, Gladys Xavier, has responded to media coverage concerning areas in the UK that could potentially go into lockdown.

 "It’s been reported that several areas in the UK, including Redbridge, might be faced with the prospect of enforcing a localised lockdown, much like Leicester is currently facing.

"This is wholly inaccurate and misleading. News outlets are making this assumption because Redbridge experienced four new cases last week compared to three cases the week before. Worryingly, this tiny leap of one confirmed case has led media to believe that we might need to enforce a lockdown. 

"Fortunately, Public Health England has today applied some much-needed common sense and rationale to counteract this poorly timed and irresponsible reporting.

"The critical thing to remember is the overall levels of coronavirus in London remain low and steady. However, we must remain vigilant and exercise care as we ease out of lockdown. It's highly likely that areas will experience a spike in cases as more people come into contact with one other. If we did experience this in Redbridge, we have a comprehensive outbreak plan that we will implement to manage and contain any outbreak.  

"As we carefully emerge from lockdown, people must continue to follow government advice on social distancing, self-isolation, wearing face coverings, and practising good hand hygiene to keep the number of new cases in London on its way down.

"Remember, if you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change to your sense of smell or taste, stay at home and arrange a test immediately."

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