Cases decline – but please stay alert

The number of new confirmed cases in Merton is now among the lowest in London. However, we are strongly urging against complacency as the threat of a second wave remains.

Successful lockdown measures and adherence to social distancing by residents, along with a responsible approach to re-opening by businesses and employers, have resulted in a continued decline in new cases of the virus.

Public Health data shows that over the past month, there were less than ten confirmed cases per week as people took care to follow guidance. The total number of cases across the borough since the start of the pandemic stands at 970; sadly, more than 200 Merton residents have died from the virus.

Additinally, there remain more than 7,000 people in the borough who are still particularly vulnerable to the virus – these are people who have been “shielding” since March, and are now more freely able to go out.

So while there are reasons to be look forward more positively, there remains a risk, and the council is continuing to review and develop its Outbreak Control Plan, which will set out our contingency plans for dealing with any local spike in cases. As lockdown is lifted, we would urge everyone to stay alert and make use of the measures in place around the borough to help you socially distance – such as the new cycle lanes and wider pavements which are now in place at various high-footfall locations across the area.