Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
We would like to thank all residents within the defined test area of N10 - Muswell Hill, who got tested this week to help with our surveillance of the COVID-19 Brazilian variant. This was following the detection of one case in February, traced back to travel from Brazil. As part of the test area was in the borough of Barnet, we worked in partnership with Barnet Council in coordinating the programme locally on behalf of NHS Test & Trace.
Many of you visited our Mobile Test Unit (MTU) in the M&S carpark behind Muswell Hill Broadway to get tested or picked up testing kits from; the MTU, temporary hub at Muswell Hill Library, Alexandra Palace or our team who knocked at your door. Overall we distributed over 3,000 test kits.
We have now completed our enhanced testing programme in the area and all tests returned to us will be sent for genetic analysis. We expect to have initial results back in four weeks’ time.
Cases in Muswell Hill remain low and there is no change to the public health risk. To keep cases low please continue to follow the Public Health guidance: Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and practice social distancing with people from outside your own household. You should also get tested regularly if you are part of a household with nursery, school or college aged children or staff, including care bubbles.
From Monday 29 March, the ‘Stay at home’ rule will end, but many restrictions will still remain in place.
Evidence shows us that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. This is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) in a group of six (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible), making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
People will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen) childcare and supervised activities will be allowed outdoors for all children.
Formally organised parent and child groups will be able to take place outdoors for up to fifteen attendees. Children under five will not be counted in this number.
People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. Anyone found to break this rule will risk being fined up to £5,000.
From 1 April, those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be advised to shield. However, they should continue to take extra precautions to protect themselves. It is important that they continue to keep the number of social interactions they have low and try to limit the amount of time they spend in settings where they are unable to maintain social distancing.
For further information on the roadmap out of lockdown in England, please see COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 (External link)
Th NHS is working with a range of partners to host a “Big Conversation” about the vaccine and its impact on London’s Muslim communities next Tuesday (30th March).
This will be an online event where several of the capital’s community leaders and vaccine experts will engage in an open and honest discussion and answer questions that have been raised by members of the Muslim community – questions such as: is the vaccine halal? Is it safe and effective? Will it affect fertility? And will having a vaccine during Ramadan break my fast?
The event has been organised jointly by the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA), the NHS, Public Health England (PHE) and Greater London Authority (GLA) Muslim leaders.
Anyone can register to take part in the ‘Big Conversation’ by visiting the webpage (external link).
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