Covid-19 cases are rising again: A message from Dr Melanie Smith, Director of Public Health

8 September 2020

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Brent and most other parts of London are rising again.

In the past few weeks the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has gone up by 70%. People aged between 20-39 years old are the most affected group. This is concerning. We need to take action now to protect our loves ones and our community.

To address the rise in confirmed cases across the country, the Government has made social gatherings of more than six people illegal from Monday 14 September 2020. The law change bans larger groups from meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors. It is enforced through a £100 fine for anyone failing to comply.

Of-course, we all want to go about our daily lives and return to some sort of normality but as we leave our homes more the risks increase. Put bluntly, coronavirus has not gone away and it is still killing people.

You are most at risk when in busy crowds, confined spaces or close contact with others.

Therefore we all need to follow this new law, and take extra care, as how we behave is currently the only way to limit the spread of the virus.

You are safest when you follow this advice:

  • Wash hands, or use hand sanitiser, regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover face, when using public transport or in busy spaces like high streets or shops where it may be more difficult to keep your distance
  • Make space, try to stay 2 metres away from people you don’t live with – including in pubs and restaurants.

If you develop symptoms of the virus, please immediately self-isolate and book a free test online at or call 119.

More information, advice and support is available on the dedicated section of the Brent Council website. Residents can sign up for e-newsletter updates or follow us on Twitter @Brent_Council and Facebook.

Now is not the time to throw away all our hard work and sacrifices. We all must take responsibility to follow the law, to avoid further restrictions that prevent us from doing the things we love.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Melanie Smith MRCP FFPH

Director of Public Health, Brent Council