In the first of a two part series, Harry Taylor speaks to Long Covid sufferer Lizzie Nicholls on the virus’ impact seven months on, and why the long-term effects need more publicity

After the government this week voted against continuing to provide free school meals to schoolchildren over the October half-term holiday, Camden Council became one of many around the country to confirm it would step in.

In 2018, there were 22,752 adults diagnosed with depression or anxiety or both registered with Haringey GP practices.

North Londoners will wake up on Saturday to tighter Covid-19 restrictions.

Food poverty exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic “cannot be unseen”, warned a Finchley Road community centre on Monday.

Crouch End Picturehouse “temporarily” closed today but it remains unclear when the cinema will reopen with jobs at risk.

In March, the coronavirus pandemic threatened to derail Hampstead Community Centre’s (HCC’s) vital work with NW3’s young and old.

A couple of years ago, I was talking to a councillor who had been the leader of his borough for 25 years. I asked him what the secret of his longevity was.

The manager of Muswell Hill Foodbank – which has been at the heart of the area’s coronavirus response – has won recognition from Barnet Council for his outstanding community service.

Councillors from five north London boroughs questioned NHS bosses about the speed and scope of changes to hospital services ahead of a second wave of Covid-19.

Students from at least four schools in the west of Haringey have been self-isolating with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19.

Haringey Council’s director of public health has urged residents to “act now” after London was placed on the Covid-19 watchlist amid rising infections.

A St John’s Wood Hospice has launched an emergency appeal to recoup a £1.3m funding shortfall caused during the pandemic.

The Royal Free Hospital is running a Covid-19 vaccine trial and looking for north Londoners to sign up.

“What if we could be 10% braver? Then we would have young people going out into the world ready to take on whatever life throws at them.”

“Our current focus is on reconnecting physically with one another and with the broader community around us - regaining confidence to meet up, to do so safely, but also meaningfully.”

Following lockdown, many businesses small and large are experiencing difficulties.

It was six months ago, on March 17 that forum+ took the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all face-to-face activities in light of the worsening pandemic.

Last term more than 3,000 Camden pupils were without access to a computer and a crowdfunder has been launched to help those whose education has been most affected by coronavirus.

A Haringey school’s Year 9 class is self-isolating for two weeks after a student tested positive for coronavirus.

Business associations in Hampstead, Crouch End and Muswell Hill have welcomed the government’s coronavirus jobs scheme - but local MPs are warning it is “too little too late”.

Young people in Barnet have raised concerns over the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on their long-term mental health.

Health bosses at the Whittington Hospital have denied reports this week that it was set to be designated as a “covid-free” site.

Pubs and restaurants around Hampstead and Highgate say they are “confused” after a series of coronavirus measures announced by the government on Tuesday.


With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start for the small and medium-sized companies. Let’s get businesses ready to take advantage of new opportunities...

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