London could be ‘locked down tomorrow as Mayor demands restrictions from PM’

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is reportedly urging the government to introduce tighter restrictions for the capital as from Monday, including a 10pm pub curfew to curb the spike in coronavirus cases.

A London lockdown is under urgent considering after mayoral sources said the number of cases in the city is catching up to hotspots for the virus in the North West and North East of England.

Boris Johnson has been warned a set of fresh Covid restrictions are needed as early as Monday in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Restrictions the Mayor is reportedly pushing for include a 10pm curfew on pubs and a ban on mixing of households.

Insiders told the HuffPost UK London is no longer two weeks behind hotspots like greater Manchester, but is instead “two or three days behind”.

The Mayoral sources said: “It’s clear that cases in London are only moving in one direction, we are now just days behind hotspots in North West and North East. We can’t afford new delays.

"Introducing new measures now will help slow the spread of the virus and potentially prevent the need for a fuller lockdown like we saw in March, which could seriously damage the economy once again."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had spoken with the Mayor over the weekend to discuss which course of action is needed in the capital.

The UK recorded a further 3,899 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, along with 18 deaths.

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Boris Johnson is reportedly set to impose tougher restrictions across the UK after experts warned the death toll could be as high as in the first spike.

He is set to make an announcement to the nation next week to introduce new measures as Britain braces itself for a second wave of coronavirus, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The Prime Minister has spoken with advisers about dropping the rule of six to impose a social lockdown, which could be implemented within days, it is claimed.

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Proposals being worked up for such a “circuit break” could see the hospitality sector, which includes bars and restaurants, shut.

The plan would see tightened restrictions come into effect for a short and tight period, with the government warning that a second national lockdown could be enforced if the rise in cases isn’t halted.

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