Hammersmith and Fulham Chief of Council Stephen Cowan issued a stern warning after an emergency meeting in London on next steps in the capital.
He said: “If this gets out of hand over the next couple of weeks, I think we’re going to have a very, very difficult winter and very negative consequences.”
Speaking at a council cabinet meeting on Monday, he said: “We can still overcome this, we can still prevent this from becoming a very serious lockdown if we act now.
He said people should wear masks to avoid infecting other people. He also urged people with symptoms of coronavirus to get tested and residents to download and use the government’s track and trace app.
“I hate to use that phrase ‘we’re all in the same boat’, but we really are. If we all come together as citizens, if businesses come together and all public services do their part, we will stop this ruining the rest of the year, ”he said.
Councilor Cowan said that while the infection rate in Hammersmith and Fulham is currently 89 cases per 100,000, elsewhere in London “there is a significantly higher number”.
He said the London councils were “in talks with the government on what to do and will expect announcements this week on measures to prevent the disease from spreading.”
Londoners must prepare for tougher measures, he warned.
‘This is extremely alarming and part of the reason the government, I think, will be looking to introduce additional measures in London next week is because we have collectively failed as a city to keep the spread of this disease.
He said the contagion should be taken seriously because it could cost lives.
He said: “I cannot stress enough the critical nature of the problem we find ourselves in now, and I appreciate the work that the citizens of our country and even of our own borough have done to take all the necessary steps to protect themselves. protect, to protect their loved ones and to stop another lockdown.
“These measures are now more important than ever.”
He described how anyone can control the spread of the disease and try to avoid a lockdown and other tragedies.
“The first must be to wear a mask. By far the most important thing is to wear a mask and stop the spread of the mist as you breathe out, which is the biggest way to spread the infection.
“The second is to wash your hands and wear hand sanitizer.
“The third is to stay two meters away from other people and if you think you have symptoms, get tested.”
And he said companies must also be rigorous and vigilant and ensure that customers and staff wear face masks – and keep their distance.
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