Khan urges proactive approach to protect vulnerable against #COVID–19

After four days of inactivity Tower Hamlets Council has finally got round to update its Covid–19 information page. Cllr. Rabina Khan has urged the Council to take proactive approach to protect the vulnerable against COVID–19.

LW checked over the weekend and the information page had not been updated since 12 March – far too long when official information about the Covid–19 health emergency is changing daily, sometimes hourly.

LBTH Covid-19 page, unchanged since 12 March, now updated.


According to a tweet from Cllr. Rabina Khan (Liberal Democrat, Shadwell) she has written to Denise Radley, Director of Adult Social Services at Tower Hamlets Council, asking that the Council “begins a proactive approach to safeguard, protect and support our elderly and vulnerable against #COVID–19”

Text of email from Cllr. Rabina Khan to Denise Radley, Director of Adult Social Services

When the issue of the response to Corvid–19 was raised at last Wednesday’s Council meeting by Cllr. Andrew Wood (Independent, Canary Wharf) the response from Cllr. Amina Ali (Labour, Bow East) and Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing Bow East Labour Party was that “the Council was working hard behind the scenes”.

Not hard enough it would seem. Certainly not swiftly enough.

LW Comment

Let’s hope that the Council pulls its finger out and gets it act together in communicating Covid–19 facts to residents.

Even though the Council’s Covid–19 page has been updated the information given is generic, with no specific advice for borough residents.

One major issue facing our community is what steps can be taken to reduce the risk of Covid–19 being passed on during the Muslim celebration of Ramadan and if fasting increases the risk of picking up the virus.

Iftar is a hugely social event but 2020 may see much reduced gatherings of friends and family to break the Ramadan fast.

Ramadan in the UK this year is between Thursday, 23 April and Saturday, 23 May.

LW Note: Any specific information on plans for Ramadan 2020 in the borough this year gratefully received

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