UK government to impose tougher coronavirus restrictions in London

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LONDON – The British government will soon impose stricter coronavirus restrictions in London, according to multiple media outlets, in an attempt to curb the rapid spread of the disease.The capital of the United Kingdom would pass Friday at a level of alert said “high” from midnight, up from the level of alert “medium” current.

This means that millions of people in Europe’s richest city will soon no longer be able to meet anyone outside their homes or support the bubble in an indoor environment, either at home or in public.

Government guidelines for a “high” alert level also prohibit people from meeting in groups of more than six outdoors, including in a garden or other space, and say people should aim to reduce the number of trips they make when possible.

The majority of England remains at the ‘medium’ alert level, which allows businesses to continue operating in a Covid-19 secure manner and includes a 22 hour curfew for hospitality establishments. People are not allowed to gather in groups of six or more at this alert level, both indoors and outdoors.

The most severe level of restrictions in the UK’s new three-tier system, described by the government on Monday, is “very high”. The Liverpool region is the only area to suffer the most severe measures.

“We are at a critical point in our fight against Covid-19 in London. The virus is spreading rapidly to all corners of our city, ”London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in his opening address to the London Assembly on Thursday.

“We will soon reach an average of 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with a significant number of districts already above this threshold. Hospital admissions are on the rise. More and more patients are being transferred to intensive care units. the day is increasing again. ”

“I expect the government to announce today that London will soon be upgraded to Level 2 – or the ‘high alert’ restriction level,” Khan said.

‘A dark winter’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that the three tier system of government was the “right way forward”, insisting it could help “avoid the misery of a nationwide lockdown”.

Johnson, who himself fell seriously ill from the coronavirus earlier this year, has come under heavy criticism for the government’s response to the pandemic.

LONDON, ENGLAND – Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual briefing.

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Speaking at a televised conference alongside Johnson on Monday, senior government physician Professor Chris Whitty said restrictions for areas identified as “very high” risk would not be enough to control the ‘epidemic.

Whitty urged local authorities to use their powers to impose additional measures.

Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition Labor Party, has since called for a temporary two or three week nationwide lockdown, a so-called ‘circuit breaker’, in an effort to contain the rising coronavirus rate.

Starmer said a change of approach was needed to avoid a “dark winter”.

His comments came after documents released Monday showed that the government’s own science advisers, a group known as Sage, called for such action three weeks ago.

To date, the UK has recorded more than 657,000 cases of Covid-19, with 43,245 related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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