London will suffer new restrictions from midnight on Friday, as announced by the health minister Matt Hancock. The nine million inhabitants in and around the capital, as well as those of the county of Essex, York and North East Derbyshire go beyond alert level 1 (medium). At level 2 (high). In practice it implies that these places People from different households will not be able to meet in closed places, whether they are private homes or bars and restaurants. The new limitation comes in addition to that of groups of maximum six people in outdoor spaces and the closure of bars and restaurants at 10 at night, which prevail throughout England. It will be possible to continue traveling to open spaces, but it is requested that the number of trips be reduced to a minimum.
“Infections in London are rising rapidly with the number of cases doubling every ten days,” Hancock said in the House of Commons. “I know that it is not easy to accept these measures, but I also know that it is vital & rdquor ;, he added. The minister stressed that the decision was taken “in close collaboration with the mayor, (el laborista Sadiq Khan), with district leaders, with local officials and with the national team & rdquor ;. Khan had anticipated the aggravation of the measures. “No choice. Nobody wants more restrictions, but it is necessary to protect Londoners & rdquor ;. The mayor even wants tougher measures to be imposed. “I must warn Londoners that we have a difficult winter ahead of us & rdquor; he warned.
Liverpool, high alert
Liverpool It is the only area in England with the highest level of restrictions – 3-, with the closure of bars and pubs, as well as discos, gyms and other social centers. It is not ruled out that other areas may go to that scale due to a serious number of infections, especially in the North of England. There are a dozen cities and places in those circumstances. This is the case in Manchester, but talks between local leaders and government representatives have ended so far without result. Hancock said that at the moment and contrary to expectations, no decision has been made.
On Wednesday, the United Kingdom reported 19,724 new daily cases of covid, while there have been 137 additional deaths related to the disease, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 43,155.