Jonathan O’Sullivan revealed that in the week leading up to June 4, the borough recorded 113 Covid infections, double the number from the previous week.
These were “overwhelmingly” adults in their 20s and 30s who he said are the least likely to develop complications.
Speaking at a Town Hall meeting, he said: “Sadly, like the rest of London, we are now seeing an increase in local infections after this huge period of sustained cuts until the end of May.
“What we’re seeing is again in common with the rest of London and the country is that this new, more infectious Delta variant is starting to spread throughout the community at large. “
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Asked about the potential impact of the ongoing Euro 2020 football tournament, O’Sullivan noted that while the risk of contracting the virus is “significantly reduced” while being outdoors, there remains “a real risk associated with” socially uninhibited supporters who come together.
No new deaths have been seen in the past six to eight weeks as hospitalizations remain low in north central London.
O’Sullivan reminded those in attendance that it takes two to three weeks between infections that occur and people who are sick and requiring hospital.
Highlighting another concern, Cllr Gary Heather said: “On the buses, at least half of the people are not wearing masks or are not wearing them properly. However, on London Overground it’s pretty good, and it’s probably because you enter through the station and there are a lot of staff there, whereas on the bus you only have one driver.
“Given that we are familiar with the Delta variant, this clearly does not bode well. We need a word with Transport for London (TfL) or whoever runs the buses to make sure they ramp up, because it’s really not that good right now. It’s putting people at risk, and it’s spreading exponentially, which could be an Achilles heel. “
The director of public health “totally agree”. The council would raise the issue with TfL and explore whether the town hall itself could broadcast messages near bus stops.