London | The nine million inhabitants of London will no longer be able to meet friends and family inside, the mayor of London announced Thursday, the government preparing to raise a notch level of the alert in the British capital in the face of the spread of the coronavirus.
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“I expect the government to announce today that London will soon move to Level 2 or high alert level of restrictions,” Sadiq Khan told the London assembly, shortly before a speech by the Minister of Health Matt Hancock in front of MPs.
The Labor elected official explained that “this will mean the impossibility for different households to meet inside”, whatever the number, as long as the people do not live together.
According to this level of alert, friends and families are allowed to meet outdoors only and in groups of up to six people, children included.
“The virus is spreading rapidly to all corners of our city. We will soon reach an average of 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, ”said Sadiq Khan, adding that the government’s decision was based on scientific advice.
Pubs, bars and restaurants in England are already required to close at 10 p.m.
According to MP Ellie Reeves who, like other local elected officials, spoke with a member of the government Thursday morning, the new measures targeting London will come into force “this weekend”.
The Minister of Health is due to speak in the House of Commons in the morning, the millions of inhabitants of Greater Manchester and Lancashire (northern England), particularly affected by the spread of the virus, fearing to see their regions move to the highest level of restrictions which includes closing ads.
The new coronavirus has claimed more than 43,000 lives in the UK, far more than any other country in Europe, and infected at least 654,000 people.