London will be placed on the government’s coronavirus watchlist.
The London Councils – representing all 32 boroughs of the capital and the City of London – have added their entry to the ever-growing list.
The capital’s entry on the list comes as Leeds is the newest city to announce new restrictions on its residents from midnight on Friday.
No new restrictions are being imposed immediately in London, but health officials in the city are getting additional help in the form of additional testing.
The Office for National Statistics has released new figures showing that the estimated number of Covid-19 cases in England has increased by 60 percent in one week.
In London, a whopping 620 new cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours – more than twice as many as at the beginning of the week.
In the statement released today (September 25), the London Councils said: “There are currently no additional measures, but it is welcome that the city’s testing capacity is being increased so that Londoners have timely access to Covid-19 testing and the government must ensure this will be maintained from now on. ”
“The London boroughs are working with their communities, businesses and the police force to educate, educate, explain and, if necessary, enforce the new restrictions and regulations, and the government needs to make sure they fund them so that resources are not drawn from others need services.
It is said that no additional measures are being brought into the city at the moment, but “We ask all Londoners to work together and comply with the national restrictions announced on Tuesday.”
Capital residents with Covid symptoms should request a test or call 119, the organization added.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “London is currently at a very worrying turning point. We’re seeing a sharp increase in 111 calls, hospital admissions, and ICU patients.
“The imminent collapse of Test and Trace and the recurrence of the virus mean that new measures to slow its spread were imperative.
“Test capacity has been diverted from London to other national hotspots in the past two weeks, and weekly test numbers in the capital have fallen 43 percent since mid-August.
“The ministers just have to get a grip.
“It is important that testing capacity in London is increased immediately and focused on the areas that are most needed. Any delay means abandoning the city and costing lives. “
An ONS infection survey that tests thousands of people in English households to see if they have symptoms or not found an estimated 103,600 people had Covid-19 from September 13-19, which is roughly one in 500 people.
Over the weekend, BirminghamLive reported on fears that London could be blocked due to the alarming surge in Covid cases in the city.
A mayoral source said: “It is clear that the cases in London are only moving in one direction. We are now just a few days behind the hotspots in the northwest and northeast. We cannot afford any further delay.”
The new 10 p.m. curfew in Britain has been criticized by some Londoners for getting crowds onto the tube and buses at the same time.
Twitter follower Kirsty Lewis wrote: “The 10pm curfew just meant everyone rolled onto the street and into the tubes at the same time, and it was the busiest I’ve seen in central London in months.”
The Emergency Scientific Advisory Group has stated that the UK’s R-rate could now be up to 1.5.