By Julia Gregory, Local Democracy Reporter
People with coronavirus symptoms in the capital’s smallest borough have been urged to stay vigilant as Londoners collectively hope to avert a local lockdown.
In the week up to September 23, another 32 people were diagnosed with the virus in Kensington and Chelsea.
According to data compiled by Imperial College, the number of positive tests in the borough have fluctuated over the past month, from 33 cases diagnosed in the week ending September 5 and 18 in the week to September 19.
The latest government figures show there have been 858 cases diagnosed in the borough since the pandemic started in March.
The numbers have gradually gone up in August – from seven cases in the week to July 30 to 34 at the end of the month.
The borough currently has a rate of about 20.5 cases per 100,000, the current cross-London rate is 32.7 per 100,000.
Concerned residents with symptoms can book a test by calling the NHS on 119, or online.
There will be a coronavirus mobile testing unit e at Olympia, in the Motorail Car Park today and on Monday from 10.30am until 3.30pm
Councillor Sarah Addenbrooke, who has responsibility for public health, said: “Cases of coronavirus in Kensington and Chelsea are below the London rate, but the numbers fluctuate across the capital daily.
“We are working closely with the NHS and Public Health England colleagues to monitor the situation in the borough.
“We know our residents have already done a tremendous amount to protect their families, friends and neighbours but London has now been added to a watch list as an area of concern.
“We all have to follow the government guidance to keep each other safe and keep our society open.
“I’d like to encourage everyone who can to download the NHS Test and Trace app to help control the virus.
“Remember the rule of six, washing your hands, wearing a face covering and keeping two metres apart where possible will help limit the spread.”
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