Sunday, 25 Oct 2020

London on brink of lockdown: Sadiq Khan confirms crackdown IMMINENT as Covid-19 cases soar

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned locals the increasing number of fresh coronavirus cases are putting the Capital on track for further restrictions. London is due to be placed under tier one of the new coronavirus monitoring system from Wednesday. But Mr Khan said the rate of infection has been steadily spiking and could result in the Capital being moved on to tier two, and stricter isolation measures, withing days.

Speaking to LBC, he said: “I’m really pleased that working collegially with councils and Public Health England…we want to go as one.

“That’s why I talk about the average of 90 cases per 100,000.

“We think we’re approaching the trigger point and that’s why I’ve been really upfront and straight with Londoners.

“Because of the indicators I’ve seen, over the course of the next few days, we will be going to tier two which is the high tier.”

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Mr Khan also voiced his support for suggestions from Government advisors advocating for a snap “circuit-break” lockdown to suppress the coronavirus.

He said that would be the “most effective way to slow down the spread of the virus and to get a grip with it is a short, two-week circuit breaker across the country.

“Doing that not simply stops the spread of the virus but also avoids months and months and months of restrictions in tier one, two or three,” he added.

The new tier system categorises regions across England based on the rate of infection they are experiencing.

Those with fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 residents are placed under tier one, areas with over 100 cases per 100,000 fall under tier two and those with significantly higher infections are tier three.

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