The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has reportedly told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he wants the capital in lockdown with strict coronavirus measures in place by as early as Monday.
Khan is in favour of new restrictions, including 10pm curfews on pubs, to stop the spread of the disease, and is preparing to tell Londoners to work from home if they can do so.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News on Sunday that the government are in discussions for a potential London lockdown.
According to new modelling and a source close to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the capital is only two or three days behind the North West and East coronavirus hotspots.
Coronavirus daily infection figures show that the UK is now recording the highest infection cases in over four months.
On Friday there were 4,322 and Saturday there was 4,422, up by 100 which is the highest since 8 May.
A Mayoral source said, “It’s clear that cases in London are only moving in one direction. We are now just days behind hotspots in the North West and North East.
“We can’t afford more delay.
“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.”
In the week to 11 September, there was 2,289 confirmed coronavirus cases across London, compared to 1,822 the previous week.
Enfield has 30.6 cases per 100,000 population, Hounslow is at 37.3 and Redbridge has the highest infection rate of 39.2.
The Health Secretary told Sky News Sophy Ridge programme on Sunday that “people have got more relaxed over the summer.”
He added, that “now is the moment when everybody needs to get back” to following the governments rules and said he is “worried” too many people are breaching self-isolation rules.
When Ridge pressed on whether there will be a second national lockdown, he refused to rule out “national action.”