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Weekly update from Director of Public Health

Covid-19 in Tower Hamlets - Dr Somen Banerjee

Each week our Director of Public Health, Dr Somen Banerjee, publishes a Covid-19 update to keep residents and partners informed about Covid-19 locally in Tower Hamlets.

Thursday 29 July

Cases of Covid-19 have started to fall this week.  Last week, the Tower Hamlets rate was 450 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents, and this week it is 365 per 100,000 – a fall of just under 20 per cent which is good to see.

While levels of Covid-19 in younger age groups remain high, they have stopped rising and we’ve also seen a decline in cases among school age children. Cases in people 60 and over have also stopped rising.

Admissions to hospital due to Covid-19 remain low but are rising. We know it typically takes around two to three weeks for reductions in community cases of Covid-19 to be reflected in lower hospital admissions, which explains the decline in cases but rise in admissions currently being seen at the same time.

Since last week 3,000 more residents have had their first vaccination and 11,000 more have had their second dose.

196,000 people in Tower Hamlets have now had at least their first dose and 118,000 are fully vaccinated with two doses. This translates to around 2,000 Tower Hamlets residents getting vaccinated every day. If you are not one of these, join the thousands protecting themselves and book your appointment today!

We are now a week into step four of the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap. Despite the fall in cases of Covid-19, numbers remain high so we must continue to be cautious.

The Government has launched a new campaign ‘Let’s keep life moving’. In addition to the general message to get vaccinated, it is promoting five recommendations for staying safe and protecting others:

  • fresh air
  • continued testing (whether you have symptoms  or not)
  • wearing face coverings in crowded places, or where they are still required such as some transport systems
  • using the NHS app
  • regular hand washing

Watch this helpful video which provides clear advice on how to stay safe now that lockdown measures have been relaxed.

This Friday sees the start of our four-day summer festival in Langdon Park (Bright Street, E14 0RT) with live music and free food for those who have their vaccination on the day.

Anybody over the age of 18 can attend the festival and grab their first or second jab of the Pfizer vaccine (if you’re coming for your second dose it has to be at least eight weeks after your first).

You can just walk-in on the day, but if you’d like to book a time slot to have your jab you can call the Council helpline on 020 7364 3030, or book online.

The festival will run:

  • Friday 30 July - 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday 31 July - 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday 1 August - 10am to 6pm
  • Monday 2 August - 10am to 4pm

We hope to see you there! More information is available on the council website.

Next week, if you are in or around Canary Wharf, we also have a pop up clinic offering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Walk ins are available!

Also, drop into East Wintergarden (E14 5NX) on 3, 5 and 6 August for a jab. It is located next to Canary Wharf tube station on the Jubilee line. Again, anyone can just walk-in, or book online – remember there needs to be a minimum of eight weeks between your first and second vaccine.

Hundreds of people are now using our simple online booking system, to book appointments at our local clinics in the borough. If you are still looking to get your first, or second dose, please do look online and find an option that suits you.

Thanks for reading. Stay safe and let’s keep protecting each other.

Dr Somen Banerjee

Director of Public Health