Great Britain

London coronavirus panic: Capital put on official lockdown watch-list as cases surge

London Councils, a cross-party organisation which represents all 32 boroughs and the City of London, said no additional measures were being taken in the capital. But it warned the entry o nthe list is a "stark reminder that now is time for all Londoners to pull together and take action to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe, and to ensure that London's economy is protected". A statement said: "There are no additional measures at this stage but it is welcome that 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. If Londoners have Covid-19 symptoms they should apply for a test at nhs/coronavirus or call 119.

The survey, which tests thousands of people in English homes whether they have symptoms or not, also revealed some 103,600 people had coronavirus from September 13-19 - equal to around one in 500 people.

The ONS said: "The estimate shows the number of infections has increased in recent weeks.

"In recent weeks, there has been clear evidence of an increase in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in all age groups, with the current rates highest in the 17-to-24 age group.

"There is evidence of higher infection rates in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, London and North East."

"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."

The latest development comes after worrying new data revealed the estimated number of coronavirus cases across England has jumped by a massive 60 percent in one week.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) infection survey said there were around 9,600 new coronavirus infections per day in England, up on 6,000 the week before.

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