Letter: Targeted response in London to Indian Covid variant

Fewer than one in a thousand people now have Covid-19 across Barnet, Camden and Haringey, according

Covid-19 test centres are a normal sight in London - Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Professor Kevin Fenton, London regional director, Public Health England, has written to the Newham Recorder about how the capital is tackling the Indian Covid variant. 

In London we’re rapidly implementing tailored intervention measures in response to cases of the variants first identified in India, which have been detected across the capital.

In a city of London’s size, population density, mobility and international travel links, variants are likely to be part of how we live with Covid-19 so it’s key that we adapt and respond to the changing nature of the virus in a way that works for our city and our diverse communities.

Taking a targeted and community-led approach has proven to effectively suppress and contain variants in London previously, and is more important than ever as we carefully progress through the roadmap.

There are many tools to keep London safe from Covid-19 – regular free testing, effective vaccines, practising the simple but powerful prevention measures of hands, face, space and fresh air, and following the current restrictions in place.

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