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.
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