Doctors carried out the largest number of coronavirus tests ever seen in Kensington and Chelsea this weekend as part of an urgent response to an increase in cases.
It was the first ‘urgent test’ unit in London and saw 400 people undergo tests outside Kensington Town Hall.
The mobile unit was there again today (Monday 7th September).
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The borough has the current highest case rate in London with 38 cases reported this week through September 1, at a rate of 24.3 per 100,000 people.
Although the rate is not yet at the level where it would be considered a local lockdown, where it must be at least above 40 per 100,000, the figure is above the 20 per 100,000 that the government uses to guide them on the appropriateness of travel restrictions imposed to and from. different countries.
There were 14 more cases in the small municipality this week through September 1, compared to the previous week.
There follows an increase in cases throughout the month, from seven in early August, with 19 confirmed in each of the following two weeks and 34 at the end of the month.
Nearby Hammersmith and Fulham have the second highest rate in London, with 20 cases per 100,000 residents. There were 37 cases this week, up 2 from the previous week.
It is estimated that around 85% of confirmed cases are between 20 and 30 years old.
Across London rates are rising in that age group as more and more people are being tested. They are also thought to be more likely to socialize.
The Kensington and Chelsea council is escalating its warnings by writing to several thousand residents and council staff that they were protecting themselves at the height of the pandemic.
It comes when cases across the UK hit a three-month high on Sunday (September 6).
The new head of public health, Russell Styles, also advised nursing homes to stop visiting.
He said: “Rates are rising across the city, including in Kensington and Chelsea, and we would expect to see a fluctuation in the number of coronavirus cases on a daily basis.”
The council also targets young residents through a social media campaign.
Kensington and Chelsea is London’s smallest borough, but it also has a large elderly population and areas of poverty that belie its image of a wealthy area.
Council leader Elizabeth Campbell said the area is not close to the blockade and urges residents to remain vigilant to keep it that way.
He stressed: “Our rate is still far below the figure at which a local block along the lines of Leicester or Manchester would be considered, but we are concerned. We need everyone to take special care to limit the spread of the virus in our community and protect family, friends and neighbors. The last thing we want is to throw away the sacrifices we all made during the blockade. “
He said people must continue to care for and adhere to health advice to stop the virus.
“By following NHS advice on hand washing, masking and social distancing, we can protect lives and livelihoods and make sure Kensington and Chelsea don’t have a second lockdown.”
Mr. Styles added: “Please make sure you stay two meters from people outside your family wherever possible, wear a face cover when you are in places where it is difficult to stay away from other people. you don’t normally meet and wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If you develop symptoms of the virus, isolate yourself immediately and book a test. “
About 40% of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic, and people are urged to take care even if they don’t think they have the virus, but rather act as if they are taking care of themselves and others.
The biweekly test unit is also in the neighborhood on Tuesday (September 8) and Friday September 11 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
People must register in advance to get a test.
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