Stricter lockdown restrictions ‘inevitable’ as London reaches ‘tipping point’
The spread of coronavirus is "accelerating in every part of London" and the UK capital is "at a very serious tipping point", mayor Sadiq Khan has warned.
In the capital, there were 1,252 new cases reported on Wednesday, October 7 with seven deaths were also reported.
More people are testing positive for coronavirus now than at the height of the pandemic in April.
Latest Public Health England (PHE) data, analysed by PA, shows that Richmond Upon Thames now has the worst infection rate in London, with 112.1 new cases per 100,000 people in the week to October 5.
In the seven days up to October 5, 222 people tested positive in the borough, up from 89 the previous week.
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The virus has so far claimed the lives of 6,254 people (those that tested positive for coronavirus and died within 28 days) in the city, the latest figures show.
Currently every borough in London is on the government's coronavirus watchlist, with many boroughs seeing worrying increases in infections.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has now also said the prospect of new, more stricter measures being brought in for the capital are "highly likely".
He said that a tightening of rules in London was "inevitable" alongside the expected announcement of a new tiered system that is due from the government next week, reports LBC.
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Mr Khan said: "My prediction is there will be more restrictions being brought in because we don't want to see in October and November what we saw in March and April."
The Mayor of London added that in his view any new London lockdown would not be borough-by-borough and would be London-wide because "it's the most effective way to reduce the spread of this virus ".
If London moves from a level one scenario to level two, under the government's proposed new scheme, then households mixing would be banned.
However the mayor said that would depend on meetings next week as part of an "escalation process" and that "we will have all the data and the options in front of us before we make a decision".
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The Government is yet to announce whether any new potential lockdown measures in London would be decided borough-by-borough or across the whole city.
A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: "The Mayor and London council leaders are increasingly alarmed at the spread of the virus in the city.
"The spread is accelerating in every part of London and those areas which recently had lower relative levels are now also seeing cases increasing very quickly.
"The Mayor and leaders want to warn Londoners that additional restrictions soon are highly likely. We need to start preparing for them now.
"All Londoners should strictly follow the rules and guidance in place – and also take all sensible precautions to protect themselves and slow the spread of the virus."
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