The Prime Minister has announced an immediate national lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus as rates rapidly increase across London and the country.
You must now stay at home, and only leave your home for specific reasons, such as:
- Shopping for essential items and medicine
- To travel to work, but only if you cannot work from home
- To seek medical help, get tested or get vaccinated
- To escape domestic abuse
Full details of what you can and cannot do are available on the Government’s website. Further information on the impact on Council services will be available in due course.
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings currently remain open.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.
In Hackney, coronavirus rates are now very high, at 866 cases per 100,000 people. Rates are high across all wards in Hackney.
For those over 65, and most vulnerable to the virus, incidence rates have increased by 422% since the start of December.
The rate of coronavirus per 100,000 people in all age groups across Hackney has increased significantly over the past week compared with the rates at the beginning of December:
- Under 16s: 386 per 100,000 people (up 75%)
- 16-29: 1,023 per 100,000 people (up 309%)
- 30-44: 912 per 100,000 people (up 443%)
- 45-64: 1,065 per 100,000 people (up 365%)
- 65+: 673 per 100,000 people (up 422%)
The roll out of the vaccine continues in Hackney, with those over 80 as well as health and social care workers receiving the inoculation at local vaccination centres. Residents are being reminded not to contact their GP about vaccinations, as people who are eligible will be contacted by the NHS directly.
If you have coronavirus symptoms, even mild ones, you must isolate yourself immediately from other people for 10 days and get a test. If you are asked to self-isolate, regardless of symptoms, you must do so to avoid spreading the virus further. You can book a test online, by downloading the NHS COVID-19 app, or calling 119.
Coronavirus symptoms are:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste