COVID-19: Hancock refuses to rule out London lockdown this week

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Published on Sep 21, 2020
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out putting London into a local lockdown this week as cases begin to rise again in the city.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pushed for the capital to be put under tighter COVID restrictions to battle the virus. Khan has demanded ministers impose a curfew on pubs and restaurants, similar to those seen in the north of England, meaning establishments would have to close by 10pm.

The Mayor and the Health Secretary discussed what measures were needed on the weekend. When asked if people would be told to work at home in London sometime this week, Matt Hancock said he wouldn’t rule it out.

Health officials believe London could be on course to see a second wave of the virus, with some believing the city is two weeks behind the rest of the country. However, the Chief Scientific Adviser said London has achieved some herd immunity, which has helped slow the spread of coronavirus.

The news comes as the government top scientists have warned the public the UK could see 50,000 COVID cases daily by mid October if the virus stays on its current trajectory. Boris Johnson will host a COBRA emergency meeting to discuss a second wave which may hit Britain in the coming weeks, and is discussing with devolved governments how to respond to the new outbreak of the virus.

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