The Labour Mayor of Tower Hamlets in London has urged all residents to go into social lockdown and not to mix with other households, “unless absolutely necessary.”
John Biggs said to his residents that it is a “matter of life and death” and told people to people to “do everything in your power to protect each other.”
He warned residents in the London borough that the “next few months will be very challenging” as there is currently “no vaccine or any effective treatment.”
This comes as the London borough has 143 new infections in the seven days to 28 September.
The Mayor wrote in an open letter, “Despite a fall over the summer, we are seeing cases of Covid-19 rise and we need to accept that the situation is once again worsening. Tower Hamlets now has one of the highest levels of Covid-19 in London.
“As a second rise in infections hits us, we must take all steps necessary to limit the spread of the virus and protect those most at risk.”
He added, “With this in mind, now is the time we must take further action. I am clear that the current national rules are a minimum and my advice to you all is to do everything in your power to protect each other. Our individual actions have consequences for us all.
“The next few months will be very challenging. Without a vaccine or more effective treatment, our primary weapon against the virus is responsible behaviour.
“Measures to curb the spread of the virus will only work if people follow them.”