Great Britain

Coronavirus: London to go onto watchlist

London is being placed on the government’s coronavirus watchlist, said a cross-party organisation representing all 32 boroughs and the City of London.

London Councils said in a statement that no additional measures are being brought into the city at this stage but its entry on the list was “a stark reminder that now is time for all Londoners to pull together”.

It comes as the Office for National Statistics released new figures showing the estimated number of Covid-19 cases across England jumped by 60 per cent in one week, adding that higher rates of infection have been found in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, London and North East."

“There are no additional measures at this stage but it is welcome that the city’s testing capacity is boosted so that Londoners have timely access to Covid-19 tests and the Government must ensure that this is sustained from now on,” said London Councils.

“London boroughs are working with their communities, business and the police to engage, educate, explain and, if necessary, enforce the new restrictions and regulations, and the Government must ensure that it funds these so resources do not need to be drawn from other services.

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

Residents in the capital with symptoms of coronavirus should apply for a test or call 119, added the organisation.

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