News in Kingston

Kingston and Surbiton MP Ed Davey said people shouldn't panic but urgent action is needed to prevent a crisis

Kingston and Surbiton MP Ed Davey has called for urgent action to tackle the spread of coronavirus in Kingston borough after new government data showed that covid cases in Chessington have increased by 800% in just seven days.

Statistics released today (June 4) show that coronavirus cases in Chessington South & Malden Rushett postcode soared from 4 to 36 between May 24 and May 30, a rolling rate of 404.8 which is one of the highest in the UK at the time of writing.

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Pop-up covid testing is taking place in areas across Kingston as concerns about the borough's case rate grow.

Residents who live in virus hotspots including Hook, Chessington and Norbiton are being urged to visit their local temporary test centres as the Council prepares to introduce surge testing and vaccinations to combat the spread.

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Kingston to get surge vaccinations and testing as covid cases soar

By Ellie Brown - Local Democracy Reporter

3rd Jun 2021 | Local News

Surge covid tests will soon be taking place in Kingston

The London borough of Kingston upon Thames will soon be getting surge vaccinations and testing due to soaring cases of coronavirus and concern over the B1617.2 variant - commonly known as the Indian variant - MPs have announced.

Kingston MPs Ed Davey and Sarah Olney broke the news on social media yesterday (June 2) after it was reported that cases of the virus in Kingston were rising the fastest in London.

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The charity runs respite cruises for older people in South-West London and has a mooring in Kingston (Credit: River Thames Boat Project)

A Thames boat charity based in South-West London was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service yesterday (June 2) in recognition of its outstanding voluntary work in the community.

The River Thames Boat Project , which has a mooring in Kingston, runs therapeutic cruises for people of all ages with disabilities and older people via its two wheelchair accessible community boats, the Thames Venturer and Thames Discoverer.

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