London's iconic New Year's Eve fireworks display has been cancelled, Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced.

Speaking on LBC, the Labour politician said the city "simply can't afford to have the numbers of people who congregate" for the festive countdown this year.

"There will not be fireworks on New Year's Eve this year, like in previous years," the mayor said, adding officials were drawing up plans for a stay-at-home event instead.

Last year, 100,000 people attended the events by the River Thames.

Khan added that if the rule of six remains in force, "there will be nothing happening in central London. They key thing is to avoid there being a reason for people coming into town".

London New Year's Eve fireworks
London's New Year's Eve fireworks display has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic

He said: "What we are working on is to do something that people can enjoy in the comfort and safety of their living rooms on TV.

"As soon as we manage to bottom that out I'll be letting Londoners and people across the country know.

"We can't afford to lose that slot because New Year's Eve is a really great opportunity for the rest of the world to see how wonderful our city is.

Sadiq Khan
London mayor Sadiq Khan made the official announcement Friday morning

"Particularly during a recession we need to continue investment in our city and people coming to London."

It comes as fears grow the capital will be next to face local lockdown rules which have been imposed on more than 10 million Brits so far.

An Evening Standard analysis revealed the capitals number of cases per 100,000 has risen in the past six days from 18.8 to around 25.

London New Year's Eve fireworks display
Last year's event saw more than 100,000 people gather along the River Thames

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