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UK News London prepares for further lockdown restrictions as coronavirus cases rise

11:30  01 october  2020
11:30  01 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

England records 11 more coronavirus deaths and 4,368 cases

  England records 11 more coronavirus deaths and 4,368 cases Department of Health figures show slightly fewer than 4,000 new infections are now being recorded each day, on average - up from 2,998 last Monday and 2,032 the week before that. And government statistics reveal 22 Britons are now succumbing to the life-threatening illness daily. By contrast, the rolling seven-day average stood at between 11 and 12 just a week ago. Cases have soared to the highest levels since May over the past three weeks but deaths have only started to follow suit in the past week because infected patients can take weeks to die from the disease.

Preparations are underway to put London in a lockdown similar to EU countries if experts decide it is the only way to cut coronavirus deaths, Downing Street says. Prime minister Boris Johnson said he was not ruling out legal restrictions to prevent people flouting health advice to stay at home and keep

It comes as the UK recorded a further 4,322 confirmed cases of coronavirus - the first The problem is once the circuit-break is over, cases would begin to rise again and it may take multiple circuit The four nations of the UK are in charge of their own lockdown restrictions , with Scotland, Wales and


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Ministers are set to hold talks next week over plans to introduce sweeping lockdown measures in the capital including a ban on household mixing, as new Covid-19 infections in London continue to rise.

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Coronavirus restrictions are to be tightened in parts of Wales, north-west England, West Yorkshire and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a second national lockdown would be likely to have But as the rise was almost entirely down to workers at a local factory no restrictions were introduced.

The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has risen again and a sixth person who had the virus has died. The vast majority of those diagnosed with coronavirus in Britain were "pretty well" but might "feel a There are 91 in London , with the next highest infected area being south-east, with 51 cases .

Further coronavirus restrictions are expected to be enforced city-wide to halt the spread of the virus by commuters across the capital, with ministers ready to enforce new measures as soon as next week.

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The fresh rules on social interaction are expected to be rolled out if current measures including the “rule of six” and a 10pm curfew on hospitality venues fail to quash the upward curve in infections.

The Prime Minister is thought to prefer the idea of multiple local lockdowns to a full-scale national lockdown, as the government seeks to prevent unemployment soaring beyond the four million mark.

Environment secretary George Eustice told Sky News this morning: “I’ve not seen any projections of four million but certainly we know that there are some 700,000 extra people that are already unemployed as a result of this, and yes you know the projections are, that there are going to be economic impacts.”

He added: “It’s for precisely that reason that we are trying to avoid full lockdown.”

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has now reached 460, after the biggest rise in a single day. It comes as two more people with the virus died in the UK, bringing the total to eight. One was in their 70s and had underlying health conditions in Dudley, while the other, in Nuneaton, was

They show lockdown measures have been working and I think they make the case for further easing of the lockdown in London . Ireland’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 16 to 1,518 and there have Chinese authorities are reimposing lockdown restrictions in Wuhan, where the coronavirus

Covid in the capital

It comes as London continues to see a rapid rise of infections in line with parts of the country already under local lockdowns.

Just six of London’s 32 boroughs currently have infection rates below the threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 used by the government to introduce quarantine measures on other countries.

Two London boroughs now have infection rates higher than the England average, according to the latest official data.

Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham — both in East London — have surpassed the national average of 56.2 cases per 100,000, with infection rates of 68.1 and 57.8 respectively.

Nationally, a further 7,108 Covid-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of Health.

Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham, slammed the government’s “complete incoherence” in communicating whether or not London faces further lockdown restrictions in light of a sharp spike in cases.

He told City A.M “one of the key struggles” local authorities like Barking and Dagenham face “is a lack of powers to effectively enforce safety measures such as face-masks”.

Cruddas said an increase in testing and the recently-introduced track and trace app have bolstered hopes that the current spike will settle, but added: “Ultimately the complete incoherence from government on what people can and can’t do is leading to public confusion and a worsening situation.”

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A LOCAL London lockdown is needed "right now," Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned. A spokesperson for the London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city "Whilst Londoners have made incredible collective sacrifices to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the number of cases is now rising steeply again and we

Sadiq Khan wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants tougher rules on socialisng in London after cases rose again in the city © Provided by City AM Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants tougher rules on socialisng in London after cases rose again in the city

Tipping point

London mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday hinted that further lockdown restrictions cannot be ruled out as London heads towards a “tipping point”, after the capital was last week added to the UK’s coronavirus watchlist.

A spokesperson for Khan said the mayor had a “constructive telephone call” with the Prime Minister yesterday to discuss the sharp rise of infections across the city.

“They discussed the rapidly worsening situation in London, including increasing ICU admission rates, and the need to go further now to prevent a disastrous full lockdown in future including mandatory face coverings for hospitality workers and more widespread wearing of face coverings”, the mayor’s spokesperson said.

“It is clear that London has unique needs and challenges and additional measures need to be examined which are suitable for the capital,” they added. “Sadiq and the PM agreed to speak more regularly.”

Almost 200 people were admitted to hospital in London from Monday to Friday last week, up from 151 the previous week and more than triple the 65 new hospital admissions in the first week of September.

Last Friday alone saw 620 new cases confirmed in the capital, taking London’s weekly infection rate over 3,000 for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic.

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A further 22 fatalities were recorded in London last week within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, taking the total up from 6,191 on the previous Tuesday to 6,213 as of yesterday afternoon.

Professor Kevin Fenton, London director for Public Health England, yesterday said: “We are seeing a rising tide of Covid-19 infections in London. We must act now and pull together to do our bit and help reverse this trend.”

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