Lambeth’s latest Covid-19 rate has increased over the past week to around 30 infections per 100,000 population, which is a 75% increase from the previous week.
There are cases in Clapham linked to local schools, which are likely to reflect broader community infections.
As a precaution, people living, working, or studying in the Clapham area are encouraged to take a Covid-19 PCR test.
A test site opened at Windmill Drive over the weekend, open until 4 p.m.
The Lambeth Council public health team is working with schools to ensure that all measures to reduce risk and control the virus remain in place.
Anyone with a positive rapid LFD test or who is not feeling well is encouraged to have a PCR test immediately.
Cllr Jim Dickson, Joint Member of Lambeth’s Cabinet for Health and Welfare, said: “To allow easier access to Covid-19 tests to monitor any spread of the virus, the council requested that a unit of mobile test be deployed again at Clapham Common. over this coming weekend.
“At this point, there is no evidence that any of the new cases are linked to a variant of concern, however, the rapid increase in the number of cases locally suggests that there is a high likelihood that it could This is a new variant as seen in other parts of London.
“Once all the genetic sequencing information is available on the cases, we will have more information.
“As a precautionary measure, the council is putting in place these additional measures.”
Information on Covid-19 infection rates in the borough is available on the council’s website at lambeth.gov.uk/covid-19-stats.
All new cases in Lambeth and London are currently being treated as variants of potential concern and we are undertaking improved contact tracing before this information becomes available through genetic sequencing.
A comprehensive self-isolation aid package is also available for anyone needing to self-isolate. Information on the Lambeth Board’s enhanced offering can be found at lambeth.gov.uk/self-isolate-help.
It is also essential that eligible residents are vaccinated. Currently anyone over 34 can book through nhs.uk/who-can-get-the-vaccine.
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