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Keep Southwark Safe

Keeping Southwark Safe – council urges residents to get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms

31 July 2020

Southwark Council is taking part in a London-wide campaign to raise awareness of COVID-19 testing.

Research shows almost half of Londoners don’t know how to get a test if they – or anyone they know – are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The campaign was launched this week and is a collaboration between London Councils, the 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation, supported by Public Health England (PHE), the NHS, and Greater London Authority (GLA).

Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, said: “Lockdown measures are easing but it’s important to remember that this pandemic is far from over and the last thing we want to see, after everyone’s hard work to keep safe, is another spike in cases with residents suffering.

“Everyone should still be washing their hands regularly and wearing a mask on public transport and in shops – but it is also important that we are able to monitor and control any outbreaks. This is why people need to get themselves tested if they show any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

“Doing so will help save lives, continue to protect our NHS and keep Southwark safe.”

Insight from a poll carried by YouGov for the GLA in June 2020 found that:

  • 46 per cent of Londoners don’t know how to get a test and 35 per cent know little or nothing about NHS Test and Trace
  • Londoners from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and those over 65 are least likely to know how to get a test

This is the updated version of Southwark's Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan (pdf, 771kb).

Professor Kevin Fenton, London Regional Director for Public Health England said: “Alongside our local partners, our health protection experts at PHE London have been working tirelessly to keep Londoners safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Importantly, Londoners have played a central role by following the government advice on social distancing, self-isolation, wearing face coverings and practising good hand hygiene. Thanks to this hard work, new cases of coronavirus in the city are low, but we must remain vigilant to keep London safe.

“We call on all Londoners to keep playing their part - if you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste, stay at home and arrange a test immediately and if needed, support the work of NHS Test and Trace. All of this will help keep your local community, your borough and London as a city, a safe and healthy place to live.”

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, get a test immediately, call 119 or visit

Symptoms include:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough, or
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If NHS test and trace gets in touch to say you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must follow their instructions and stay at home for 14 days.

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