Sadiq Khan presses for new coronavirus controls for London as infections rise

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London mayor Sadiq Khan is pressing for new coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions amid rising infection rates in the capital – including a return to working from home.

Mayoral sources said the city was catching up with disease hotspots in the North West and North East of England, which have been placed under new controls.

While data from only a few days ago suggested London was two weeks behind those areas, the latest modelling seen by Khan was said to show the gap had closed to two or three days.

Tighter restrictions and working from home

The mayor is now urging ministers to extend the latest regional restrictions – including ordering bars and restaurants to close at 10pm – to cover the capital as well.

He is also said to be looking at the possibility of asking those who are able to work from home to do so.

Such a move would be in sharp contrast to the government, which has until recently been urging people to get back to their offices following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

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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.

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    1. Sadiq Khan presses for new coronavirus controls
      for London as infections rise.

      WELL Mr Khan will London be in L-Down like rest of Lancashire
      Yes or no? tomorrow or is this just C**p AGAIN from Labour party members holding power within London areas.

      So, MR Khan can you tell me what Boris -Hancock -SAGA plus our useless Tory M.P. Of Pendle including your Labour party P.B.C leader will not?

      Q –WHY is London not been in L-Down now like the rest of Lancashire area do you lot in London not have the Virus like our area yes or no?

      The Tory Gov tin now using the L-Down rule as a political tool only
      Now to trash Lancashire areas to gain support for a puppet Mayor
      In our area to merge local council under one Tory puppet Mayor rule
      This is what we free voter believe is unfolding now what are you Labour party member doing to stop this Mayor C**p in it tracks? now Mr Khan
      Apart from doing P***All like Labour is doing now. Mr Khan we free voter are keeping an eye on Labour now to look after the all of Lancashire area do not sell it out to Tory Govt rich backer + funder in London that you represent now SIR as a puppet Mayor for Labour Govt.

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