The Mayor of London said it was “inevitable” the UK’s capital would meet the threshold for tougher coronavirus restrictions in the coming days.
Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday, Sadiq Khan said:
"All the indicators I have – hospital admissions, ICU occupancy, the numbers of older people with cases, the prevalence of the disease, the positivity – are all going the wrong direction.
“Which means, I'm afraid, it's inevitable over the course of the next few days London will have passed a trigger point to be in the second tier."
Like most of England, London is currently on “medium” alert – the lowest level of the government's new three-tier system announced Monday – meaning bars and restaurants are still open until 10 p.m. and up to six people from different households can meet indoors.
The mayor is calling for the capital to be moved into the second tier “high” alert level, which would ban people from socializing with other households indoors.
He added it should cover the whole city because people frequently travel between boroughs to work and study.
The Liverpool City Region is currently the only part of England in the third tier and is on “very high” alert, with bars and pubs closed. This area is situated in the northwest of the country, which has the highest infection rate of 1,741 per 100,000 people.
The current rate of infection in London is 695 per 100,000 people, according to government data.
The UK’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer on Monday voiced “great concern” that the virus was spreading to southern parts of the country.
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