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Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Friday 5 June, it was announced that a further people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. 3 people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 6,022. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 178

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Thursday 4 June, it was announced that a further 10 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. 1 person has died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 6,017. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 175

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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This pandemic has exposed health inequalities

The Government has listened - face coverings on public transport

I’m pleased that our lobbying has paid off and the Government has finally seen sense and made it mandatory for people to wear face coverings on public transport. This is something I and others have been calling on ministers to do for some time, and is in line with a large body of evidence that they can help stop the spread of coronavirus.

I encourage anyone travelling on public transport, or anywhere you can’t keep a safe 2 metre distance, to wear a face covering, but from Monday 15 June, everyone must wear a covering over their nose and mouth for the entirety of any journeys made using the public transport network. This will be mandatory and will help everyone be safer.

TfL continues to work hard to maximise services despite staff being ill, shielding or self-isolating. The reality is that due to social distancing the effective capacity of public transport services has been dramatically reduced. We can only carry between 13% - 15% of passengers. We all must play our part by working from home if we can and making journeys on foot or by bike if at all possible in order to keep the service safe for those who really need it. I want to thank Londoners who have made monumental sacrifices over the last ten weeks and stuck to the rules. I urge them to continue to do so to help save lives.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Wednesday 3 June, it was announced that a further people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. 2 people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 6,007. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 174

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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My statement following the first meeting of the London Recovery Board

Today, alongside Cllr Peter John, I co-chaired the first meeting of the London Recovery Board, as we take steps towards securing the best possible future for London post-COVID.”

The Board met virtually and heard from London leaders about their experiences of COVID-19. We also discussed the economic and social recovery for the capital, leading to a greener, more equal and better future.

The COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant public health crisis in living memory. As Mayor, I am committed to securing a better future for Londoners and ensuring that nobody is left behind. This Recovery Board will meet regularly for many months to come as we navigate the economic, health and social challenges arising from both the virus itself and from the lockdown.

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Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Tuesday 2 June, it was announced that a further 30 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. 4 people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,999. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 172

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

 

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Press release: Mayor backs developer to keep London building after COVID-19

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed his commitment to helping the capital’s construction and housing sector bounce back from coronavirus by approving a £50m loan facility for Mount Anvil. The funding will enable the London centric housing developer to accelerate the purchase of new sites and deliver an increased number of new quality homes.

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Press release: Mayor introduces risk assessments for BAME staff

  • Risk assessments consider physical and mental health of vulnerable staff, with support for BAME employees, those with pre-existing health conditions and older workers
  • Part of a series of measures across the GLA family to help those disproportionately affected by COVID-19

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Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Monday 1 June, it was announced that a further 13 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. 0 people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,969. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 168

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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Wear a face covering on public transport

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Sunday 31 May, it was announced that a further people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. 0 people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,956. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 168

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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I've been inspired by community spirit during this time

Continue to work from home if you can

Please walk or cycle to school if you can

Mayor introduces risk assessments for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff as part of efforts to tackle COVID-19 inequality

  • Risk assessments consider physical and mental health of vulnerable staff, with support for BAME employees, those with pre-existing health conditions and older workers
  • Part of a series of measures across the GLA family to help those disproportionately affected by COVID-19

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New guidance from Monday

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Saturday 30 May, it was announced that a further people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. No people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,947. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 168

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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Some of the ways we're protecting our bus drivers

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Friday 29 May, it was announced that a further people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. A further one person has died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,941. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 168

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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Easing of lockdown measures

New rules on spending time outside

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Thursday 28 May, it was announced that a further people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. A further 5 people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,932. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 167

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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Front-door entry on some bus routes reopen from this weekend

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Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Wednesday 27 May, it was announced that a further 18 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. A further 5 people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,925. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 162

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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A letter to Grant Shapps

Mayor urges Grant Shapps not to end under 18s free travel

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on Grant Shapps to drop the Government’s plan to end free TfL travel for under 18s.

In a letter to the Transport Secretary, the Mayor warns of the big new cost for local councils as an estimated 30 per cent of children who travel to school by bus are legally entitled to free travel.

Removing free travel for under 18s would hit the poorest Londoners hardest.

 

Dear Grant 

I am writing regarding the Government’s requirement in its emergency funding agreement with TfL to suspend free travel for under 18s in London.

As you know, I agree with the objective of reducing the numbers of people using London’s public transport system during this crisis - especially during peak times. I have been very clear that public transport is for essential journeys only and have taken a series of steps to enable social distancing on the network and help stop the spread of the virus. I also agree that we need to reduce the numbers of children using bus services in particular, in order to ensure that London’s precious public transport capacity is available for those who need it most.

However, as my team have made clear through recent discussions, we do not believe that suspending free travel for under 18s in London is the right thing to do. The problems with implementing this proposal have been brought into sharp relief as Transport for London (TfL) has looked in detail at how this change might be operationalised and at the impacts such a change would have. I would urge you now to drop this condition and work with us on other ways of reducing public transport usage by children to fulfil the objectives we both share.

The work TfL has done shows the complexity of the situation we face in trying to make changes to under 18 concessions and the many concerns that would need to be overcome. There is a statutory obligation to provide free travel between home and school where children meet a range of criteria, including in relation to age, distance from school and income. This obligation falls on local authorities rather than TfL, although it is TfL that has historically provided and paid for under 18s concessionary travel.

As well as the bureaucratic and technical complexity involved in removing existing concessions while continuing to meet statutory obligations, it would also create a new cost problem for local authorities if they are expected to fund free travel under new arrangements. We believe that around 30 per cent of children who currently travel to school by bus are eligible statutorily for free travel, which means costs to boroughs would be significant and the effectiveness of introducing bus fares for children as a way of reducing bus usage would be undermined. We of course know that some parents would also choose to pay fares for their children, further undermining the policy objective.

It is abundantly clear that losing free travel would hit the poorest Londoners hardest at a time when finances are stretched more than ever. We know that children and young people in some of the most deprived areas in London are exposed to the highest road danger risk and I am very concerned about the overall equality impact of these proposals. I want to make sure that families who might not have a choice but to use public transport are not further disadvantaged.

I am aware that my Deputy Mayor for Transport is due to meet with your colleagues in the Department for Transport and from Number 10 early next week to discuss the implementation of this condition of the funding agreement. My hope is that this discussion can focus instead on the overriding objective of minimising public transport crowding at peak times and particularly the role that more walking and cycling to school can play in that. TfL stands ready to work with schools, parents and the boroughs to make sure that as many school journeys as possible are walked or cycled. Many schools are also already looking at staggering start times and splitting attendance to limit numbers of pupils in schools, all of which will help relieve the pressure on public transport at rush hour.

I hope you will understand that I am keen to work with you to address public transport challenges during this period but I do feel I need to be honest with you and Londoners about my opposition to the removal of free travel for children and young people.

Given the significant interest in this matter, I am releasing a public copy of this letter.

 

Yours sincerely,

Sadiq Khan

 
 
 
 

Illegal evictions are unacceptable

Statement on test and trace system

I’ve been clear that we need to urgently roll out an effective test-trace-isolate and support system to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus, so I welcome the Government’s announcement.

Rapid and accessible testing together with comprehensive contact tracing has been proven as an effective tool in efforts to control the virus, but it will only work if we all continue to follow the Government’s instructions. All Londoners should get tested as soon as they exhibit symptoms, so their contacts can be rapidly traced and the rules to self-isolate can be followed. If you test positive for COVID19, you must give as much detail as possible to the contact tracer about where you have been and who you have been in close contact with to ensure the system reaches all Londoners. 

Controlling the virus also means continuing to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and keeping a social distance from others at all times. Londoners should continue to work from home where possible, only using public transport if absolutely essential and wearing a non-medical face covering during your journey.  

Thanks to the monumental efforts of Londoners we have significantly reduced the virus in the capital, and by following these instructions we can work together to control the spread and help save lives.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

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Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Tuesday 26 May, it was announced that a further 15 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. A further 2 people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,907. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 157

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Monday 25 May, it was announced that a further 10 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. A further 6 people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,892. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 155

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Sunday 24 May, it was announced that a further people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. A one person has died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,882. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 149

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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Thank you to African Londoners

The sun is out, but social distancing is still in.

This bank holiday, we all need to follow the rules.

If you cannot stay at home, always keep a 2m distance from others and wear a non-medical face covering to slow the spread of #COVID19.

Guidance around going outdoors has changed

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Saturday 23 May, it was announced that a further people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. A one person has died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,878. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 148

These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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    Coronavirus numbers in London

    In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Friday 22 May, it was announced that a further 19 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. A further 1 person has died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

    The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,873. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 147

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    Coronavirus numbers in London

    In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Thursday 21 May, it was announced that a further 16 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. A further 7 people have died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

    The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 5,854. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 146

    These data are published by NHS England and updated daily with the deaths from the most recently completed reporting period.

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    Press release: Plans announced for London’s COVID-19 recovery

    • The Mayor and Government joining forces on London Transition Board, looking at transition out of lockdown into the next phase 
    • Longer-term economic and social recovery overseen by Mayor and London Councils’ London Recovery Board 
    • Recovery work put in place will be the biggest since the end of the Second World War 

    Read the full release