It followed data showing that cases are rising amongst people in their 20s in Hammersmith and Fulham.

A mobile tracing test centre was set up at Westfiield in White City this weekend (September 12/13) in a bid to get more young people tested for coronavirus.

It followed revelations that cases are rising amongst people in their 20s in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Health bosses called up 46 people who tested positive for Covid-19 to find out more about where they might have contracted it in the last two weeks. Three quarters of them had recently got back from a foreign holiday and 60 per cent had been to a party, said Ben Coleman, the cabinet member for health and adult social care. He said Hammersmith and Fulham is the only council to do its own calls. And 40 per cent of the cases were amongst 20 to 29-year-olds with 22 per cent aged 30 to 39.

The council took a mobile test centre to Westfield in a bid to reach teenagers and people in their 20s. There were 27.5 cases per 100,000 people, which meant the borough had the second highest rate in London on Thursday, September. It also had the fifth-highest rate of positive test results as more people are getting tested – 33 new cases were diagnosed in the week up to September 10. There were 183 cases diagnosed in August and September- 40 per cent were in their 20s.

Positive results are creeping up from 1.3 per cent a few weeks ago to just over three per cent.

Director of public health, Nicola Lang, explained the rise is reflecting the pattern in London which is seeing more positive test results.

“The number of cases is increasing rapidly in London. We noticed an increase starting at the end of August. That’s why we have been extremely vigilant as it’s very worrying,” she said.

“Wherever we notice a ward or area has got more cases we immediately put a mobile unit there.”

And they’ve also had testing units at Olympia, the Phoenix leisure centre, and Farm Lane care home. These are sites where people can just walk in for a test without a booking.

She added: “We are doing a lot of work with places like Westfield. We are delighted to get a mobile unit at Westfield this weekend. We are doing lots of work to try and get young people tested as well,” said Linda Jackson the council’s head of Covid 19 Linda Jackson.

“We are really taking the mobile testing units to the heart of where we think the issues are for our communities.”

Linda Jackson the council’s director of covid said “One of the clearest messages we need to get the message across that this disease has not gone away.”

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