July 19, dubbed ‘Freedom Day’, sees an end to all Covid restrictions, with face masks and social distancing no longer mandatory. But as experts warn of a surge in cases and a possible return to lockdown, the Met Police has called on Londoners to behave responsibly.
In a statement, the Met Police said “the virus has not yet been defeated” and called for people to “remain cautious”.
The statement announced Met officers will remain “highly visible”, but will not be enforcing Covid restrictions.
Met officers “number one priority” will be curbing violence in the city, according to the post.
They added they are “proud of the heroic efforts of people and businesses across the capital”.
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Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors, the Met’s strategic lead for coronavirus, added in the statement the force knows “people throughout the capital eagerly seek the same life as before the virus”.
She said: “Now that the restrictions are easing, I know people throughout the capital eagerly seek the same life as before the virus.
“While Monday’s easing is welcomed, we must all remember that the battle against the virus is not yet over.
“We should all continue to act responsibly, listening to Government guidance on how we can keep our friends and family safe by getting tested regularly and isolating if you show symptoms of the virus.”
It comes as Professor Chris Whitty warned the UK is “not out of the woods yet”.
He flagged Covid hospitalisations were doubling every three weeks and could hit “scary numbers” in future.
In an online seminar hosted by the Science Museum on Thursday evening, he said: “I don’t think we should underestimate the fact that we could get into trouble again surprisingly fast.
“I think saying the numbers in hospital are low now, that does not mean the numbers will be low in hospital in five, six, seven, eight weeks’ time.
“They could actually be really quite serious.”
July 16 saw 51,870 new cases and 49 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the UK.
In total, the UK has seen 5,332,371 cases and 128,642 deaths from the virus.
As of July 15, 3,964 patients are currently in hospital and 551 are on ventilation.
Another 61,681 first doses and 201,893 second doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered on Thursday.
In total, 46,159,145 first doses and 35,543,321 second doses have been administered, equalling 87.6 percent and 67.5 percent of the population respectively.
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