Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned that from the latest evidence coronavirus is now spreading through London.
Khan has urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to act now as we “should not wait” to implement new lockdown measures across London.
Johnson said on Friday that the long-feared second wave has arrived in the UK and new cases have doubled over the past week.
Johnson does not want to place the country into a full lockdown as we saw in March, but warned they may have to “intensify thins to help bring the rate of infections down.”
He said, “We’re now seeing a second wave coming in… clearly we are going to keep everything under review.”
Johnson added, that he does “not want to get to a second national lockdown at all,” but as the disease continues, “of course we’re going to have to take further measures.”
However, the Mayor of London 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.
“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.
“I am of the firm view that we should not wait, as happened six months ago, for this virus to again spiral out of control before taking action.
“The best thing for both public health and the economy is new restrictions imposed early, rather than a full lockdown when it’s too late – but the Government must urgently ensure there is a fully functioning testing system.
“I strongly urge all Londoners to be as cautious as possible over this weekend. Please think very carefully about your actions – strictly follow social distancing rules, regularly wash your hands and wear a face covering to help reduce the spread of the virus.”