Posted at 10:25 a.m. on July 14, 2020. (Updated at 11:28 a.m. on July 14, 2020)
Sadiq Khan told Sky News it was waiting for the government to provide “clarity” on the powers and resources it would have to apply localized restrictions if they became necessary.
Last month, the UK’s first full local foreclosure was announced in Leicester as part of the government’s whack-a-mole strategy to deal with local pushes in COVID-19[feminine[feminine infections.
Shops and schools were closed in the city of the Midlands, while the reopening of pubs and restaurants did not take place in agreement with the rest of England.
Asked about the possibility of taking similar action in London’s 32 boroughs, Khan told Sky News’s Kay Burley @ Breakfast, “Right now, we’re not ready.
“I have lobbied the government to clarify the powers and resources we have to apply a local lock.
“I think it would be possible to have a lock based on a specific building, a factory, a school, a place of worship.
“It would be very difficult at the moment, due to the lack of clarity, to have a local lock based on a geographic area. ”
The mayor of London described the foreclosure of Leicester as a “case study” on “how not to react to a situation”.
“We were told, we were told, of people in Leicester who could leave Leicester and go to other cities when the pubs started to reopen,” said Khan.
“The government must seize this opportunity, we have the time, to ensure that they clarify powers and resources regarding the application – God forbid – of a local lock if necessary. ”
Khan hailed government ad that wearing face cover in shops and supermarkets will be compulsory in England from 24 July.
But he asked why the action was not taken immediately, adding, “It is really important, now that the rate of infection seems to be lower, the number R seems to be lower, now is the time to s ‘ensure that we have all the steps in place to avoid a second wave and, certainly, avoid the need for a second lockout. ”
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Meanwhile, Minister of Occupational Health Justin Madders has written to Baroness Dido Harding, who chairs the government’s testing and tracing program, asking boards to receive daily data on coronavirus infections in their regions.
“Boards get test data that is sometimes as long as a fortnight and contain so little information that it is almost useless to be able to detect and stop local outbreaks,” said Madders.
“We request that test results be communicated to boards daily, in real time if possible, and that there is sufficient information so that they can identify where possible the workplace where an epidemic has occurred.
“The government must be much more open and transparent with local councils so that together we can detect local epidemics earlier and stop the transmission of the virus. “