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London will go into coronavirus lockdown from midnight Friday

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 15, 2020
Household mixing will be banned in London from midnight on Friday.
London street
Coronavirus lockdown   London street
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government announced that rising levels of infections in the UK capital meant it must be moved into the "high" tier of coronavirus restrictions.

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday morning, the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said more localized restrictions were necessary in London and elsewhere to stop the "exponential" growth in infections.

"In London, infection rates are on a steep upward path, with the number of cases doubling every ten days," Hancock said.

"We must act now to prevent the need for tougher measures later on."

As of midnight Friday, Londoners will be prohibited from mixing with other households in homes and other indoor settings, including hospitality venues, after the UK government agreed with London mayor Sadiq Khan that the city required tougher restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The same levels of extra restrictions have also been placed on the English regions, towns and cities of Barrow and Furness, York, NE Derbyshire, Erewash, Chesterfield, Hancock confirmed.