Coronavirus: Stricter London Restrictions ‘Inevitable’ in ‘Next Days’ Says Sadiq Khan | Political news


It is “inevitable” that London will pass a “trigger point” to enter more stringent coronavirus restrictions in the “next few days,” Sadiq Khan told Sky News.

“All the metrics I have, hospital admissions, intensive care unit occupancy rate, number of elderly people with cases, disease prevalence, positivity are all going in the wrong direction.” , London said the mayor.

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“Which means, I’m afraid, it’s inevitable over the next few days London will have passed a trigger point to be in the second tier. ”

Capital is currently at level 1 of the three-tier system of government coronavirus restrictions, which means an alert level of “medium”.

But the mayor’s office has put Londoners on alert for the capital to be moved to Level 2, with a spokesperson saying on Monday the situation “could change very quickly – potentially even this week”.

Level 1, ‘medium’, will cover a significant part of England and include current national restrictions such as the ‘rule of six’ and the 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants.

Level 2, “high”, will prevent people from socializing with other households indoors, including in pubs and restaurants. Support bubbles will still be allowed, however.

In these areas, the rule of six will continue to apply outdoors in public spaces, as well as in private gardens.

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Mr Khan told Sky News that London as a whole should adopt tighter restrictions, rather than taking a “hyper-local” approach of different restrictions for different boroughs.

“We would like to do just one because we can see the complexities and confusion caused by some boroughs having additional restrictions and other boroughs having less,” he said.

“A lot of Londoners work in one district, live in another district, study in another district, go to a restaurant in another district, so we are really keen to become one city. ”

The London-wide average was 78 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 in the seven days to October 9, with the level varying across different parts of the capital.

Ealing in west London had 119 new cases, while Bexley in the south-east of the capital had the lowest number of new cases at 51.6.

Labor MP Sam Tarry, who represents Ilford South in east London, has called for a short-circuit locking “circuit breakers” across London to “save lives”.

Asked about the prospect of moving London to level 2, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman did not rule out this possibility.

“We continue to closely monitor the data in all parts of England and I think we have shown that if further action is deemed necessary we have not hesitated to act,” they said.

Meanwhile, Essex County Council has asked Health Secretary Matt Hancock to move the area from Level 1 to Level 2, following what he said was a significant increase in cases.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham of Labor told Sky News earlier that he would prefer a nationwide lockdown on ‘blackouts’ to stricter local measures.

Speaking to Kay Burley, Mr Burnham said there was “pressure” from the government to put the area on the “very high” alert level, but he had “serious doubts” that the level 3 measures would be sufficient.

Level 3, “very high”, will see people prohibited from socializing with other households both indoors and in private gardens, while bars and pubs will be closed unless they can function as. restaurants.

Alcohol could be served in pubs functioning as restaurants in these areas, but only as part of a meal.

Residents will also be advised against traveling in and out of these areas, while it will be up to local politicians to decide whether other places of recreation such as gyms and casinos should close as well.

The Liverpool city region is currently the only area with a “very high” alert level.

St Helens North MP Conor McGinn told Sky News there was ‘no agreement’ on measures for the region with the government, saying instead they were ‘forced’ on the region .


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