London to move into Tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday

Mark Thomas / Rex Features

It is being heard that London is expected to be moved into Tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday.

A number of major media outlets are reporting this afternoon that they understand the capital – along with parts of Essex and Hertfordshire – will move into the highest tier of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from as early as Wednesday this week.

It is believed that Health Secretary Matt Hancock has made MPs aware just a few moments ago.

It comes after cases have continued to surge in the capital over recent weeks, with local leaders and health officials said to be “deeply concerned” about a sharp rise.

Some areas in and around London have recorded large increases in confirmed coronavirus cases over the past week alone.

According to the latest data, Epping Forest – which straddles London and Essex – has recorded a 71% increase in cases during the most recent seven-day period, and Havering in East London has seen a 48.5% rise, with a rolling rate of 470.8 confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to make a statement to MPs in the House of Commons this afternoon from 3:30pm, where he is expected to confirm the capital’s move.

More information is expected in due course.

This is a BREAKING NEWS story – More to follow.

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