There could be further localised lockdowns which could be “just days away” following a Public Health England (PHE) “at risk” list.
PHE and the Department for Health are “working collaboratively” and are looking at 36 areas in England where cases of Covid are increasing, according to Sky News.
On Tuesday, Leicester went into a 14-day localised lockdown as there were 944 confirmed cases on Tuesday.
According to Sky News, Bradford and the London boroughs of Brent and Harrow could be next in line for a lockdown after a surge in coronavirus cases.
This come as there are concerns over the high number of the BAME community who live in those areas, who have been hit hard during the pandemic.
A PHE spokesperson said, “PHE publishes daily cases of COVID-19 broken down by local authority which includes people tested as part of pillar 1.
“This is used as one of a number of indicators to help us and partner organisations to identify trends in local areas and to take action accordingly.
“To use these data in isolation to predict which areas will see significant increases in cases is not appropriate as they do not provide a complete picture of what is happening locally.”
Areas in London that are allegedly on the “at risk” list are:
- Barking and Dagenham
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Kensington and Chelsea
- Richmond upon Thames
- Tower Hamlets
Wandsworth was also reported to have been on the “at risk” list of a renewed coronavirus lockdown. This has been dismissed as “wholly inaccurate.”
Wandsworth Borough Council told LondonLovesBusiness that “the number of new cases reported in Wandsworth over the past seven days is four. This number of new cases relates to the week ending June 28.
“Whilst coronavirus has not been eradicated from the borough, Wandsworth is not experiencing a surge in cases and there is no suggestion that the government will impose a new localised lockdown as has been seen in Leicester.”
Council leader Ravi Govindia said, “These claims of a local surge and a lockdown are wholly inaccurate and people should not panic or feel unduly alarmed.
“No-one is denying that Covid-19 is still with us and that people need to remain vigilant, but if everyone follows the government advice by washing their hands carefully and keeping to safe distances then we will beat this virus.
“And of course if a scenario develops where we need to take additional steps then people can be reassured that we are well placed to do so without delay – but that is not a scenario we are facing at the moment.”
Since the pandemic began there have been 1,015 confirmed cases in Wandsworth and tragically 210 deaths where Covid-19 has been recorded.