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London on alert: Sadiq Khan warns COVID lockdown 'increasingly likely' after key meeting

In a statement released today, he revealed new measures may soon be required to contain the outbreak. He said: “The Prime Minister has said that we are now seeing the start of a second wave of Covid-19 across the UK. “Londoners should also know that I am extremely concerned by the latest evidence I’ve seen today from public health experts about the accelerating speed at which Covid-19 is now spreading here in London.

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“This is made worse by the uncertainty caused by the lack of testing capacity in the capital.

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“It is increasingly likely that, in London, additional measures will soon be required to slow the spread of the virus.

“We will be considering some of the measures which have already been imposed in other parts of the UK.”

He also urged Londoners to be cautious and maintain social distancing measures where possible. 

Coronavirus: London on alert for lockdown (Image: Express/GETTY)

London news: Sadiq Khan revealed lockdown now possible (Image: PA)

The Mayor made the announcement after meeting with Public Health England officials, London council leaders and the Government about the rise in cases. 

Aside from the East Midlands, the North West and the North East, London has the highest infection rate per 100,000 in the population. 

As cases surge, London is now registering 497.1 per 100,000. 

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Multiple areas in the North West and the North East have been placed into local lockdowns due to the rise in coronavirus cases.

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London news: This comes as certain areas in the UK have put into lockdown (Image: PA)

According to NHS England statistics, Redridbge has the highest case rate per 100,000.

The east London borough has an infection rate of 37.2 per 100,000. 

Hounslow is currently registering 30.7 while Barking and Dagenham’s level is 25.9.

If the capital is placed into lockdown, curfews could be placed on bars, restaurants and cafes – similar to what has happened in the north. 

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Coronavirus: A curfew could also be brought in (Image: PA)

Coronavirus: restrictions could be placed on public transport (Image: PA)

The public may also be advised to avoid public transport and households may not be able to mix.

Fears in the capital come as the Prime Minister warned the UK was now “seeing a second wave”.

Speaking today, he said the Government would soon review measures. 

He said: “We are now seeing a second wave coming in.

Coronavirus: 27 deaths were reported today (Image: Express)

“It is absolutely, I’m afraid, inevitable, that we will see it in this country.”

Mr Johnson said this as case numbers have risen to levels not seen since May. 

London news: Mr Johnson warned a second wave now inevitable (Image: No 10 Flickr)

The UK recorded 4,322 cases today, the highest daily rise since May 8. 

Scientists have all expressed concern after the infection rate has now been estimated between 1.1-1.4. 

Source:Daily Express :: UK Feed

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