London placed on the national Covid-19 watchlist as area of concern

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London placed on the national Covid-19 watchlist as area of concern

London Councils, a bipartisan organization representing all 32 boroughs and the City of London, said the English capital would be placed on the national Covid-19 watch list.

The list is divided into areas that require action via local lockout restrictions and areas that are closely monitored.

London Councils said no additional action has been taken in the city but that its entry on the list was a “strong reminder that now is the time for all Londoners to pull themselves together and take action to help themselves, to protect their families and their communities and to ensure that London’s economy is protected ”.

A statement said: “There are no additional measures at the moment, but it is to be welcomed that the city’s testing capacity is being increased so that Londoners have timely access to Covid-19 tests and the government must ensure that it does so from now on on is maintained. If Londoners have Covid-19 symptoms they should request a test from nhs / coronavirus or call 119.

“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.

“We ask all Londoners to work together and comply with the national restrictions announced on Tuesday.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan pointed to a lack of testing capacity in the capital as a cause of concern.

He 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% since mid-August. The lack of testing capacity is totally unacceptable and therefore London has been placed on the government’s coronavirus watch list as a problem area.

“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. “

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