Confirmed coronavirus infections across London has now surpassed 8,000 cases in just a week and it is expected strict measures could be imposed “within days.”
The total number of cases has risen to 8,197 in the in the week 9 October, up from 6,083 over the last seven days.
The government’s key threshold of 100 new cases a week per 100,000 population, has now gone above this figure, and restrictions are most likely to be “city-wide.”
For the whole of London cases are just under 90 cases per 100,000 population, which is under the government’s key threshold.
However, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has placed the capital on a tier 2 notice clampdown, which will ban people mixing between households, which could take effect within days.
Speaking to LBC Radio, the Works and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said, “If London needs to go into Tier 2, it may, but right now that is not the approach that is being recommended.”
Khan told Sky News on Tuesday, “Across our city… the average over the last seven days is about 90 per 100,000.
“All the indicators I have, hospital admissions, ICU occupancy, the numbers of older people with cases, the prevalence of the disease, the positivity are all going the wrong direction.”