London ‘faces level 3 before Christmas’ as data shows rates rise in 21 boroughs

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LDonors could face Level 3 lockdown restrictions just a week before Christmas, as data shows infections are on the rise in two-thirds of the capital’s boroughs.

The latest data from Public Health England shows infection rates are rising in the capital, with cases per person increasing by half in some areas of the city.
Some officials have now reportedly expressed concern over London. Rates in some areas were rising even before the lockdown was lifted on December 2 – and before Londoners took advantage of the first weekend of slightly relaxed measures.
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Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
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Data shows Haringey, positive results jumped 47 percent the same week.
Bromley has seen his infection rate increase by 40% in the last week of lockdown.
Peaks of 25 percent or more were recorded at Bexley, Hackney, Harrow, Kingston and Merton.
Speaking to Sky News today, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘If London were to move into third place it would be catastrophic for these industries already truly crippling under the Covid pandemic.
“It could mean that many stores go bankrupt, many bars, pubs and restaurants go bankrupt.
“We want to make sure we stay at level two. Level two, too, presents a lot of challenges for us, but it is really important that London continues to make the huge sacrifices it has made.
“Nobody wants London to go into the third level or even the country to go into another, third, national lockdown.”
Concerns over the city of nine million people come as infection rates across the country start to rise again, with 14,718 more cases confirmed today.
Last week, Professor Kevin Fenton, London director of Public Health England, urged people to stick to social distancing and self-isolation rules and warned of the impending level three restrictions.
Professor Fenton told The Standard: “The promising cuts we had started to see with recent nationwide restrictions in the capital have shown signs of slowing down in recent days – a stark reminder of how delicate our situation is.
“If we are to avoid being placed in level 3, it is essential to keep transmission low.”
However, NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said on Tuesday, when the vaccine begins to roll out across the country, could mark “a turning point in the battle against the coronavirus”.
In level three rules, which are currently enforced in most of the Midlands and North, as well as Kent and Bristol, people are not allowed to socialize indoors or in walled gardens with anyone from a other home and restaurants and cafes must close.

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