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Heightened coronavirus restrictions for London ‘appearing imminent’ with Sadiq Khan asking for city wide restrictions

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Heightened coronavirus restrictions for London appear to have become imminent today as Sadiq Khan has said that a move into tier two new curbs was likely in “the next few days”. In addition to this Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson has said that the government would “not hesitate to act” on the capital or any other area. 

London is currently in the newly created “tier 1” category but reports are suggesting that it is a matter of and not when the capital gets moved into the “tier 2” category that will ban separate households from mixing indoors and in pubs and restaurants. 

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The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said it was “inevitable” that the shift to a higher tier would happen and that the “trigger point” would be when London moved past 100 Covid cases per 100,000 of population. 

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson has said: “There’s a process for considering whether further measures are needed in all parts of the country and I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to pre-empt that.

UNN’s Oliver Down understands that London could be placed into the medium-risk level as early as Wednesday. Mayor Khan has said: “Across our city the average over the last seven days is about 90 per 100,000.” The Huffington [Post are reporting that this number is in fact slightly under 70.

Khan concluded by saying: “All the indicators I have – hospital admissions, ICU occupancy, the numbers of older people with cases, the prevalence of the disease, the positivity – are all going the wrong direction. Which means, I’m afraid, it’s inevitable over the course of the next few days London will have passed a trigger point to be in the second tier”. 

 

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