London to move into Tier 2 Covid restrictions from midnight on Friday

London will go back into coronavirus lockdown from midnight Friday, with household mixing banned

Along with London, other areas, including Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash, will also go into "High" alert restrictions this weekend.

United Kingdom health minister Helen Whateley announced the news to London members of Parliament in a call on Thursday morning, with Prime Minister Johnson expected to confirm it in a statement later in the day.

Speaking earlier at City Hall, London mayor Sadiq Khan had indicated the tougher measures were on the way because there is "simply no other option" as he warned of a hard winter ahead.

Millions of people will be banned from mixing with other households indoors at home or in a public place.

The new measures not only put a ban on households mixing together at home but also in pubs and restaurants indoors and will come into effect from midnight on Friday.

Health Secretary Hancock explained: "Infection rates are on a steep upward path with the number of cases doubling every 10 days".

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A swathe of west London, as well as several council areas in the east, have seen the disease rise significantly and the capital as a whole saw 8,700 coronavirus cases in the week to October 10, up from 6,359 for the previous seven days.

Hancock thanked those who work and live in the capital, adding: "We all need to play our part in getting the virus under control once again".

Greater Manchester and Lancashire could join Liverpool City Region and be placed under Tier 3 - "very high".

He said: "No one wants to see this, but it is necessary to protect Londoners", after warning cases would soon reach 100 per 100,000 people.

London will move from tier 1 to tier 2, or from "medium" to "high" alert, from 12:00am on Saturday under the new tiered system announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week.

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