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Coronavirus numbers in London

In the week ending 9 July 2020 in London hospitals, 20 people that have tested positive for COVID-19 have died. Additionally, COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificates of people.

The total number of deaths in London hospitals of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 is now 6,118. The total number of deaths in London hospitals where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate is now 212.

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

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My letter to the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA 

Date: 10 July 2020 

Dear Prime Minister, 
 
I welcome this week’s easing of lockdown and the reopening of London. Londoners are eager to support their local businesses and see their friends and family. As many businesses and venues begin to open their doors again to the public it is even more important that we do all we can to keep people safe.  
 
The evidence is clear that wearing face coverings in enclosed public places can reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus and I am disappointed and frustrated that the Government has not taken this opportunity to make face coverings mandatory in busy and enclosed public places. I simply don’t understand why we wouldn’t use all the tools at our disposal to try and stop the spread of this virus, so I am urging you to take more decisive action on this. 
 
Since my last letter to you on 18 June, Scotland has announced they will make face coverings mandatory in shops from the 10 July. I have also been joined by the British Medical Association and the Royal Society in calling for the wider use of face coverings. Their intervention comes following yet more evidence and analysis of their impact from the DELVE initiative and the Royal Society’s SET-C (Science in Emergencies Tasking – COVID 19) group. As the President of the Royal Society notes, we are already way behind other countries in providing clear policies and guidelines on face coverings to the public. I would ask you to heed the call of our medical and scientific experts.  
 
We continue to learn more about coronavirus and how it is spread. Just this week 239 scientists in 32 countries wrote an open letter to the WHO outlining the evidence and calling on the medical community to recognise the potential for airborne transmission of the virus. We cannot afford to be complacent. We must respond quickly to new insights and take swift action to reduce risk wherever we can.  
 
Face coverings are not only vital for public health. They could play an increasing role in supporting public confidence and our economic recovery. Businesses across the capital need to encourage customers back or they will not survive, and the widespread use of face coverings are a visible signal that Londoners are willing to take the steps needed to keep each other safe. They show how seriously, as a society, we are treating the threat of coronavirus and they are a physical reminder that the virus is still out there.  

Making face coverings mandatory in enclosed public places where you can’t keep your distance from others, like shops and hairdressers, will help us avoid a second wave, keep businesses open, and ultimately save lives.  
 
Yours sincerely,   
 
Sadiq Khan
Mayor of London    
                
 
 
cc  Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
      Paul Scully MP, Minister for London 

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My letter to the Housing Secretary

Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP 
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 
2 Marsham Street London 
SW1P 4DF

Date: 10 July 2020

 

Dear Robert

Protecting renters from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19

I welcome the measures that the Government has taken to date to protect renters – including by preventing evictions during the crisis and by going some way towards reversing cuts to the welfare benefits system. However, I am deeply concerned that the evictions ban is due to come to an end on 23 August and that, despite having had four months to do so, the Government has still not put in place necessary additional measures to properly protect renters from the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Over two million Londoners rent privately, and families with children make up a third of these renting households. Many are on lower incomes, while more than half have no savings. COVID-19 has underlined the precariousness of their situation. Research by the Resolution Foundation shows that one in eight private renters across England have fallen behind with their housing costs since the outbreak, with private renters in London more likely to have accumulated arrears. In addition, Shelter’s Home Truths report has revealed the devastating personal impact the virus continues to have on renters.

These pressures have been exacerbated by the failure of the welfare system to fully cover the rents of those unable to pay them because of the virus, not least because of the Government’s benefit cap. GLA-commissioned research shows that the number of low-income households in London having their benefits capped has doubled to 44,300, and those renting households who were already at the benefit cap before COVID-19 are now missing out by an average £532 per month.

These renters are facing high rental debts, eviction proceedings and homelessness. It is vital that the Government acts now to protect them, but it appears that it has no robust plans to do so. In particular, I share the concerns raised by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee that, without amending existing legislation, your Ministry’s plans to introduce a pre-action protocol to possession proceedings in the private rented sector will be toothless and will fail to prevent a cliff edge in evictions once the eviction ban is lifted. 

To properly protect renters, the Government must work closely with cities and regions that best understand local housing markets and housing needs. The imbalance of power between renters and landlords means that the Government's reliance on them agreeing ‘affordable repayment plans’ is unrealistic, particularly in London where the shortage of housing creates competition amongst tenants and gives them little option but to agree to a landlord’s terms. The capital also faces the impending prospect of a tsunami of evictions. In a matter of weeks, local authority housing services could be overwhelmed, and we could see a flood of people being forced onto the streets. Following the herculean effort to get rough sleepers into hotels to self-isolate, it would be a tragedy if thousands more people find themselves homeless due to being evicted.

I therefore urge you to implement the full range of measures that I have set out so that no renter accrues arrears or faces the threat of eviction or homelessness as a result of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. These measures will also mean that local authorities and advice organisations are supported to assist people facing or experiencing homelessness, including the many thousands of rough sleepers in hotels and other emergency accommodation in the capital. Until they are enacted, the ban on evictions must remain in place. 

The measures set out below form part of a wider package of interventions required to address the impact of COVID-19 on the housing sector in London, which I first wrote to you about on 25 March.  My team will soon be discussing with your officials the findings of the cross-sector COVID-19 Housing Delivery Taskforce, chaired by my Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, Tom Copley, on how to address the substantial challenges facing London’s housing construction industry following the pandemic. 

 

Yours sincerely,  

Sadiq Khan
Mayor of London  
                  

cc  Paul Scully MP, Minister for London
      Sir Edward Lister, 10 Downing Street

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Our plans for recovery

Press release:Mayor and housing sector call for £5bn affordable homes investment

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called for the Government to agree to a multi-billion pound package to kick-start London’s housing sector in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Press release: Mayor welcomes arts investment package for all parts of London

  • Mayor calls for the “whole cast” of London’s culture and creative industries to be helped by Government funding, “not just the headline acts”
  • New research estimates that the impact of COVID-19 on London’s culture and creative industries could cost the economy £16.3bn and put 151,000 jobs at risk
  • Government must address the ‘hidden cost’ to the creative supply chain, which is facing more than 40,000 job losses

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If you develop symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the week ending 2 July 2020 in London hospitals, 18 people that have tested positive for COVID-19 have died. Additionally, COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificates of 13 people.

The total number of deaths in London hospitals of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 is now 6,106. The total number of deaths in London hospitals where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate is now 208.

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

Read the full report

When you are out and about, protect the people around you

Overall levels are low but Londoners must follow the official guidance

Face coverings should be compulsory in public spaces

Listen to the medical experts

Face coverings should be compulsory in places where social distancing isn’t easy

We're not out of the woods yet

Wearing a face covering protects the people around you

Remember, if you have symptoms you must stay at home

London needs investment not cuts

Make sure you pack your face covering when leaving home

Press release: Mayor sets out plan to deliver £500m savings

  • Sadiq calls on ministers to provide proper financial support in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis
     
  • Breakdown released of savings that will be required across Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade and Transport for London if ministers fail to act
     
  • Sadiq pledges to use the reserves he established in order to protect frontline police services
     
  • London Fire Brigade and Metropolitan Police to face the smallest percentage reductions in funding

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Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Wednesday 24 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, 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 6,084. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 195

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

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The Government needs to invest in London after COVID-19

We need to do everything we can to prevent a second wave

Businesses shouldn't face the aftermath of this crisis alone

We need to make face coverings mandatory in shops

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Tuesday 23 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, 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 6,081. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 195

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

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We need to learn from the last few months

We are facing a funding shortfall because of COVID-19

Make sure you wear your face covering correctly on public transport

The BAME community has been hit hardest by this crisis

The Government needs to invest in London's recovery

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Monday 22 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, 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 6,075. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 194

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

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Statement from the Mayor on the COVID-19 update

The opening of venues across London from early July will be welcome for those thousands of businesses in hospitality and culture who have seen their income dry up completely during this crisis. And of course, Londoners will once again be able to enjoy visiting the wonderful pubs, cafés and museums that make our city the best in the world.

As the lockdown eases further, it is even more vital that we all act to protect the people around us. The experience of going out will still be very different from what it was before.

The Government needs to act urgently to ensure the necessary legislation and support is in place to allow venues to operate safely under the new one metre-plus rule and provide comprehensive guidance on how social distancing will be maintained.

It is also important that the Government change the guidance to make the wearing of face coverings mandatory where social distancing may be impossible, including in shops and hairdressers.

I continue to be concerned about the ongoing problems with the Government’s test and trace system, including the failure to get the contact-tracing app up and running. It is vital that we now see rapid improvements in the test and trace system as people come into closer contact.

If the government re-opens the economy in a way that causes a tragic second wave of the virus, it will cause huge social and economic damage, with a further lockdown having catastrophic consequences for workers and businesses.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Sunday 21 June, it was announced that person who tested positive for COVID-19 was confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. 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 6,073. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 193

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 Saturday 20 June, it was announced that 0 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 6,072. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 193

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

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COVID-19 has had a huge impact on everyone and I'm no exception

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Friday 19 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. 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 6,072. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 193

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 18 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, 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 6,066. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 193

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

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Protect each other. Wear a face mask.

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Wednesday 17 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, 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 6,064. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 190

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

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We need to invest in London's recovery

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Tuesday 16 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, 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 6,079. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 189

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: Temporary exemptions for the Non-Road Mobile Machinery LEZ

Construction firms will be able to apply for a six-month exemption from new Low Emission Zone standards for polluting diggers and bulldozers, in recognition of the challenges caused by Covid-19. 

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Press release: Mayor commits to immediate pay cut and urges ministers to halt new era of austerity as he outlines almost £500m cost of COVID-19

  • Local authorities across the UK and GLA face unprecedented financial black hole because of sharp fall in business rates and council tax income
  • Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and Greater London Authority face budget shortfall of up to £493m
  • Mayor commits to immediate 10 per cent pay cut - on top of the 11 per cent saving to taxpayers since 2016 because of his decision not to take a pension

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Like many cities, London's public finances are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Monday 15 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, 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 6,075. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 189

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 people should not wear a face covering

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Sunday 14 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, 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 6,072. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 187

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 Saturday 13 June, it was announced that 3 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, 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 6,067. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 186

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

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Have your say London's recovery from COVID-19

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Friday 12 June, it was announced that 3 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, 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 6,064. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 184

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

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If you have symptoms, follow these 3 steps

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Thursday 11 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, a further 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 6,061. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 184

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

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Mayoral statement on the Black Lives Matter protests and COVID-19

I stand with the millions of people around the world who are saying loud and clear that Black Lives Matter. Londoners from all ages, races and backgrounds have been coming together to protest racial injustice and structural racism. It is clear that the majority of the protestors have been peaceful. This moment must be a catalyst for systemic, lasting change to tackle the racism and inequalities that black people still face today, in this country and elsewhere.
 
However, I’m extremely concerned that further protests in central London not only risk spreading COVID-19, but could lead to disorder, vandalism and violence. Extreme far-right groups who advocate hatred and division are planning counter-protests, which means that the risk of disorder is high. Be in no doubt these counter-protests are there to provoke violence, and their only goal is to distract and hijack this important issue. Staying home and ignoring them is the best response this weekend.
 
Any violence or criminal damage from anyone is always absolutely unacceptable and will simply not be tolerated in our city.
 
The Metropolitan Police is working on a robust policing plan to keep Londoners safe and to prevent disorder.
 
Together with our partners, we are ensuring that key statues and monuments at risk, including the Cenotaph, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, are covered and protected.
 
Our police officers are under growing pressure and strain, and 62 have been injured – having worked under extremely difficult circumstances over the last week to safely police protests, all at a time when the coronavirus still presents a grave threat to them and all our communities.
 
The protests over the past week have shown just how difficult it is to maintain social distancing in large crowds, and the risk of spreading the disease at a protest is very real. There have been confirmed new cases amongst protesters around the world - from the US to Australia - and I fear we will see the same here.
 
So please, for yourselves, your family members who may be vulnerable to COVID-19, and for the wider cause, please stay at home over the next few days and find a safe way to make your voices heard.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
 

Statement from the Mayor of London on the PHE report into the impact of COVID-19 on people of BAME backgrounds

Ministers must urgently explain why they refused to publish this vital piece of work by Public Health England (PHE) and publish it immediately.

The original PHE report includes some serious and important recommendations, many of which I and others have been calling for. What the government has published so far has been nothing we didn’t already know and will lead to no improvements or reductions in the disproportionate impact on our BAME communities. 

We desperately need more urgent action from the Government to protect people of BAME backgrounds who have disproportionately died as a result of COVID-19.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Wednesday 10 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, a further 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 6,053. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 181

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

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Walk and cycle where possible

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Tuesday 9 June, it was announced that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, a further 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 6,050. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 181

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

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Please continue to follow the rules

The government must act now

Opening our economy will be hugely complex

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Monday 8 June, it was announced that 17 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were confirmed to have died in hospitals in the Greater London area. Additionally, a further 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 6,043. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 181

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

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Please avoid travelling at the following times

Coronavirus numbers in London

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

No COVID-19-related deaths in London hospitals are being reported for the 24 hour period to 5pm on Sunday. However, we are aware that a small number of deaths occurred in this period, which will be announced in coming days.

The total number of reported deaths in London hospitals of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is now 6,026. 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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We must work together

Coronavirus numbers in London

In the 24-hour period ending 5pm Saturday 6 June, it was announced that a further 4 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 6,026. The total number of deaths where COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate is 178

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

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Face covering update

Statement from the Mayor

Londoners of all ages, races and backgrounds joined millions of people around the world yesterday to come together peacefully to say that Black Lives Matter. I stand with you and share your anger and pain. George Floyd’s brutal killing must lead to immediate and lasting change in countries, cities, police services and institutions everywhere. We must root out racism wherever it is found.
 
The vast majority of protestors in London were peaceful. But this vital cause was badly let down by a tiny minority who turned violent and threw glass bottles and lit flares, endangering other protestors and injuring police officers. This is simply not acceptable, will not be tolerated and will not win the lasting and necessary change we desperately need to see.

Please also remember that Covid-19 is still a very real threat to our communities. I urge people to consider ways of making your voice heard that doesn’t put yourself and others at risk of catching coronavirus. If you are planning to protest today you must do so safely, peacefully and within the law. Use hand sanitiser, wear a face covering and keep 2m apart from others.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, here is what you should do

Important Government update on face coverings

Government rules have changed. From Monday 15 June, it is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport. 

I welcome this change. Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering can help stop the spread of COVID-19. From Monday 15 June, you must wear a face covering over your nose and mouth for the entirety of any journey on public transport. This will help keep others safe from the virus. 

TfL is continuing to work hard to provide services for Londoners. However, the reality is, due to social distancing measures, the capacity of transport services has dramatically reduced. So, I am asking all Londoners to play their part - work from home if you can and travel by foot or bike in order to keep our transport network safe for those who really need to use it. 

Remember, face coverings aren’t a substitute for keeping two meters apart from others and washing your hands regularly. You can make a face covering using materials from home. 

More information on how to make and wear a face covering safely.

Thank you for the monumental sacrifices you have made over the last ten weeks. I urge all Londoners to continue to stick to the rules and wear a face covering on public transport. Lives depend on it.

Thank you.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
 

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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If you're planning to protest please do so safely

We all have a part to play

Culture news from City Hall

This week is #VolunteersWeek, celebrating the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. Volunteering is an essential part of cultural and creative activities in London – and right now, volunteers are helping to bring London’s communities together while we’re physically apart. So to all the trustees, school governors, arts activity leaders, community craft organisers and many more – thank you for your dedication and invaluable work.

Edward Enninful and Sadiq Khan on Instagram Live

Edward Enninful, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, was joined yesterday by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan on Instagram Live to talk about London’s response to COVID-19, supporting London's black community following the death of George Floyd and the ongoing global outcry against systemic racism. They also spoke about the vital role of fashion, culture and the creative industries in London's resilience and recovery. Check out their full conversation.

Brent Pioneers

Due to COVID-19, Brent 2020 refocussed its volunteer programme, the Pioneers, to ensure volunteers could still provide support for the artistic and creative sector. Since lockdown, 25 new Pioneers have joined to support Brent's 2020 Culture Fund projects (local people and organisations leading their own cultural activities) and online Brent Artist Network sessions. 

Ayelen, a Brent Pioneer, shared her experience volunteering: “I’m working with Youth Club Archive, one of the Brent 2020 Culture Fund organisations. I’m helping to spread the word about their project and sharing opportunities to participate. Due to COVID-19 it’s been an increasing problem to get to people without internet access, as no public spaces are open. We have to think of different ways to reach them.”

Join the Pioneers

Batman and Beasts to help reboot the UK’s £3.6bn film and TV industry

The British Film Commission has worked with government and industry to create new guidance for managing COVID-19 risks while producing film and high-end TV drama. This is a vital step in the UK screen sector’s recovery. Major productions that were already underway when lockdown started, including The Batman and the next Fantastic Beasts movie, may start filming again as soon as July.

London Festival of Architecture goes digital

The world’s largest annual architecture festival goes digital this month, looking at the theme of ‘Power’. Highlights include two one-off live drawing workshops led by architect Anna Gibb and designer Yinka Ilori, in collaboration with Our City Together

Newham Heritage Month

Newham Heritage Month celebrates the rich history and diversity of people who have made the borough home through centuries of migration. Meet the UK’s first female Muslim headteacher, discover the story of Newham’s first Chinese restaurant or hear from the founder of the local food co-ops making a difference. Explore daily activities and stories online.

Kew Gardens reopening

Kew Gardens has started to reopen, with prebooked entry timeslots and limited, monitored visitor numbers. Other new measures include one way entry and exit points, socially distanced queues and cashless, contactless payments only. 

For those that can't make it in person, Virtual Kew allows you to explore Kew's grounds and exhibits from home.  

#LondonTogether

Londoners are doing an incredible job of bringing our community together and looking after each other while we’re physically apart. Some of this week’s #LondonTogether highlights include:

  • Brent Locked In is a new video series exploring how Brent has shaped its legendary musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Released weekly, catch up now to hear from Rachel Yankey, Ben Smith (Doc Brown) and Nikesh Shukla
  • KIT KITE, from Blackhorse Workshop, allows people to make their own simple Japanese kite. Waltham Forest residents can request a free kit
  • join Serpentine Galleries on Instagram for their daily ‘do its’ – creative DIY instructions – or explore the Google Arts & Culture archive for the complete collection
  • tune in to Radio Local with live art collaborators Hunt & Darton and revel in the local stories of home, resilience and our sense of place. Broadcasting daily until 12 June

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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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