London braced for Tier 2 restrictions ‘within days’ as Covid infections surge

Londoners could face stricter restrictions within days as coronavirus cases soar to nearly 8,000 in a week.

The capital has been hit with more than 7,700 cases a week, marking a crucial time, reports Evening Standard.

With tougher restrictions across the UK, it is thought the city could be next in a bid to prevent spreading the bug.

Today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make an announcement which means millions will be affected across the country.

Strict rules will be placed on the most affected areas of the UK, namely the North West and North East expected to be on the list.

In the next few days, London could face the same with a ban or limit on household mixing.

A new Covid-19 restriction system is also to be rolled out for the country, in which London may be in the Tier 2 category by the end of the week.

England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has warned that the UK is at a tipping point, similar to a few months ago when the first wave of Covid-19 was about to engulf the country.

  • More Covid-19 patients in hospitals now than before UK lockdown announced in March

He added: "Earlier in the year, we were fighting a semi-invisible disease, about which we had little knowledge, and it seeded in the community at great speed.

"Now we know where it is and how to tackle it – let's grasp this opportunity and prevent history from repeating itself."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the House of Commons today, where he is expected to confirm plans for a controversial three-tiered lockdown system across the UK.

Under the proposed system, different parts of the country would be placed in different categories, with areas in the highest level expected to face the toughest restrictions.

Areas where the spread was better contained would be able to live more freely.

It is already rumoured cities such as Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool will be placed under much harsher restrictions after recent spikes there.

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