London to move into Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions

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London will move into the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday as a result of soaring case rates.

Health secretary Matt Hancock will set out the move, which is also expected to apply to parts of Essex and Hertfordshire, in a Commons statement.

MPs briefed on the plans said a sharp rise in cases meant Hancock was unable to wait until the scheduled review of England’s tiers on Wednesday.

One MP said they were told that cases are doubling every seven days in the capital.

Hancock is expected to use his statement to outline the financial support available to the Tier 3 areas.

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It follows warnings from London mayor Sadiq Khan that Tier 3 restrictions – which will involve the closure of pubs and restaurants except for takeaway and delivery services – would have a “catastrophic” economic impact.

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    1. Now everyone will want to be in Tier 3! ;o)

      Cases Cases everywhere… it’s all so common, so passe… ooh look a new strain… I must have one… yes it’s the new look, very popular in London I hear… very classy…
      Well, at least I can order a take-away… a stylish pandemic no bodies in the streets just take-away packaging and discarded take-away coffee cups…

    2. Just in time for the Christmas Break for MP’s…. I’m sure they will be off to their country retreats… Leaving everyone else to sweep up the mess. Marvellous a new strain of virus..I can’t wait for 2021 to bring that in…Happy New Year, everyone.

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