LONDON could go into a Tier 3 lockdown within two weeks unless coronavirus infections drop, it was reported last night.
The capital’s R rate has skyrocketed to 2.9, meaning people are on average passing the virus on to three other people, compared to 1.56 nationally.
Researchers from Imperial College London warned: “The epidemic is now increasing most rapidly in the Midlands and South.
“Patterns of growth rate and the age distribution of cases in the South now are similar to those observed in northern regions during the prior two rounds of this study,” they said.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s team are said to be expecting extra measures within weeks.
But Government sources stressed no decisions are imminent and the latest data for the capital has yet to be crunched.
Earlier this month the city was moved from “medium” alert to “high” alert, with fresh measures rolled out to stop the spread of the virus.
It means Londoners can no longer mix inside with people who are not from their household.
And people should avoid using public transport when possible.
Tier 3 would mean pubs and bars which don’t serve food would have to shut.
And in Nottinghamshire, which has moved to Tier 3 today, there are even more curbs in place.
Beauty salons, tattoo parlours and nail bars have to shut down, and shops are unable to sell booze past 9pm.
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