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Further restrictions for London may be announced within days as the number of Covid-19 cases in the city hit more than 7,700 a week.

The capital is understood to be in a crucial week with the threat of another city-wide clampdown to stop the epidemic spreading looming.

It came after Londoners enjoyed what could be a last hurrah in the West End and elsewhere at the weekend.

Residents in the capital are being urged to prepare for new restrictions being imposed under the Government’s new three-tier system for the varying Covid-19 threats facing different parts of the country.

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London is expected to be put into Tier 2 shortly if the virus continues to spread and this could happen early next week, or possibly even at the end of this week.

The new restrictions could come in at the start of half term for schools, causing problems for parents.

The Tier 2 restrictions would mean:

A ban on mixing between households in homes, with the rule of six continuing to apply in gardens and other outdoor settings.
Pubs and restaurants would remain open but the ban on mixing between households indoors is expected to apply to the hospitality sector, which would be a devastating blow to the industry.

Boris Johnson was chairing a meeting of Whitehall’s Cobra committee this morning before announcing in the Commons restrictions for other parts of the country, with the epidemic growing far quicker in the North and parts of the Midlands .

The focus of greatest concern within the Government is on these hotspots, which include Liverpool, and ministers will be reluctant to impose new restrictions on London given that it is Britain’s economic powerhouse.

However, the capital is also now understood to be at a “tipping point” in fighting the disease.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “It is highly likely that Londoners will also face more restrictions very soon because cases are rising so quickly across the city.”

Ministers, City Hall and health chiefs will this week scrutinise data streams for London to decide if action is needed.

Their task is made all the more difficult because the preferred option is for pan-London restrictions but infection levels vary hugely between boroughs.

They will have to make a judgment call on whether to order a clampdown, which is likely to be based in part on how many boroughs are registering about 100 new cases a week per 100,000 of the population.

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Five boroughs had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population in the week to October 8 — Richmond, Hackney, Ealing, Redbridge and Harrow —according to an analysis of official figures by the PA news agency.

Infection rates have risen in all boroughs but there are signs that the growth of the epidemic in the capital may be weakening, particularly in boroughs which have taken strong action to combat it, and that the rise in hospitalisations could be tailing off.

Coronavirus hits the UK – In pictures

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A deserted Westminster Bridge

PA

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A man wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walks past customers sat outside a restaurant

AFP via Getty Images

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Boris Johnson addresses the nation on the Coronavirus lockdown

Andrew Parsons

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Runners pass cardboard cutouts of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William during the London Marathon in London

AP

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An empty escalator at Charing Coss London Underground tube station

Jeremy Selwyn

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Electronic bilboards displays a message warning people to stay home in Sheffield

PA

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A sign is displayed in the window of a student accommodation building following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mancheste

Reuters

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People take part in a ‘We Do Not Consent’ rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in Londo

AP

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People sing and dance in Leicester Square on the eve on the 10PM curfew

Reuters

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Hearts painted by a team of artists from Upfest are seen in the grass at Queen Square, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bristol

Reuters

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Graffiti reads ‘good luck and stay safe’, as the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases grow around the world, under a bridge in London

Reuters

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A sign is pictured in Soho, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London

Reuters

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a coronavirus briefing in Downing Street, London

AP

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Riot police face protesters who took part in a ‘We Do Not Consent’ rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions in London

AP

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A person runs past posters with a message of hope, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Manchester

REUTERS

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An image of The Queen eith quotes from her broadcast to the UK and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus epidemic are displayed on lights in London’s Piccadilly Circus

PA

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Military vehicles cross Westminster Bridge after members of the 101 Logistic Brigade delivered a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital

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Durdle Door in Dorset

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Captain Tom Moore

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Mia, aged 8, and Jack, aged 5, take part in “PE with Joe” a daily live workout with Joe Wicks on Youtube to help kids stay fit who have to stay indoors due to the Coronavirus outbreak

PA

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An NHS worker reacts at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

Reuters

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Goats which have taken over the deserted streets of Llandudno

@AndrewStuart via PA

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Tobias Weller

PA

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Novikov restaurant in London with its shutters pulled down while the restaurant is closed

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London Landscapes: Hyde Park and the Serpentine, central London.

Matt Writtle

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A newspaper vendor in Manchester city centre giving away free toilet rolls with every paper bought as shops run low on supplies due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus

PA

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Theo Clay looks out of his window next to his hand-drawn picture of a rainbow in Liverpool, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue

Reuters

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A young man cuts another man’s hair on top of a closed hairdresser in Oxford

Reuters

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General view of the new NHS Nightingale Hospital, built to fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London

via Reuters

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Jason Baird is seen dressed as Spiderman during his daily exercise to cheer up local children in Stockport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

Reuters

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A woman wearing a face mask walks past Buckingham Palace

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A man holds mobile phone displaying a text message alert sent by the government warning that new rules are in force across the UK and people must stay at home

PA

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Medical staff on the Covid-19 ward at the Neath Port Talbot Hospital, in Wales, as the health services continue their response to the coronavirus outbreak.

PA

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking part in a virtual Cabinet meeting with his top team of ministers

PA

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A shopper walks past empty shelves in a Lidl store on in Wallington. After spates of “panic buying” cleared supermarket shelves of items like toilet paper and cleaning products, stores across the UK have introduced limits on purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have also created special time slots for the elderly and other shoppers vulnerable to the new coronavirus.

Getty Images

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People on a busy tube train in London at rush hour

PA

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Mia, aged 8 and her brother Jack, aged 5 from Essex, continue their school work at home, after being sent home due to the coronavirus

PA

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Children are painting ‘Chase the rainbows’ artwork and springing up in windows across the country

Reuters

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Social distancing in Primrose Hill

Jeremy Selwyn

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A general view of a locked gate at Anfield, Liverpool as The Premier League has been suspended

PA

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Homeless people in London

AFP via Getty Images

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A piece of art by the artist, known as the Rebel Bear has appeared on a wall on Bank Street in Glasgow. The new addition to Glasgow’s street art is capturing the global Coronavirus crisis. The piece features a woman and a man pulling back to give each other a kiss

PA

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The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace, London, for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself amid the coronavirus pandemic

PA

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A general view on Grey street, Newcastle as coronavirus cases grow around the world

Reuters

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Matt Raw, a British national who returned from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan in China, leaves quaratine at Arrowe Park Hospital on Merseyside

PA

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Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty (L) and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance look on as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news conference inside 10 Downing Street

Reuters

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The ticket-validation terminals at the tram stop on Edinburgh’s Princes Street are cleaned following the coronavirus outbreak.

PA

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Locked school gates at Rockcliffe First School in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

PA

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A sign at a Sainsbury’s supermarket informs customers that limits have been set on a small number of products as the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases grow around the world

Reuters

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Jawad Javed delivers coronavirus protection kits that he and his wife have put together to the vulnerable people of their community of Stenhousemuir, between Glasgow and Edinburgh

AFP via Getty Images

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A sign advertising a book titled “How Will We Survive On Earth?”

Getty Images

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A man who appears to be homeless sleeping wearing a mask today in Victoria

Jeremy Selwyn

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A pedestrian walks past graffiti that reads “Diseases are in the City” in Edinburgh

AFP via Getty Images

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Staff from The Lyric Theatre, London inform patrons, as it shuts its doors

PA

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A quiet looking George IV Bridge in Edinburgh

PA

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A quieter than usual British Museum

Getty Images

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A racegoer attends Cheltenham in a fashionable face mask

SplashNews.com

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A commuter wears a face mask at London Bridge Station

Jeremy Selwyn

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A empty restaurant in the Bull Ring Shopping Centre

Getty Images

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A deserted Trafalgar Square in London

PA

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Passengers determined to avoid the coronavirus before leaving the UK arrive at Gatwick Airport

Getty Images

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A deserted Westminster Bridge

PA

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A man wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walks past customers sat outside a restaurant

AFP via Getty Images

3/61

Boris Johnson addresses the nation on the Coronavirus lockdown

Andrew Parsons

4/61

Runners pass cardboard cutouts of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William during the London Marathon in London

AP

5/61

An empty escalator at Charing Coss London Underground tube station

Jeremy Selwyn

6/61

Electronic bilboards displays a message warning people to stay home in Sheffield

PA

7/61

A sign is displayed in the window of a student accommodation building following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mancheste

Reuters

8/61

People take part in a ‘We Do Not Consent’ rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in Londo

AP

9/61

People sing and dance in Leicester Square on the eve on the 10PM curfew

Reuters

10/61

Hearts painted by a team of artists from Upfest are seen in the grass at Queen Square, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bristol

Reuters

11/61

Graffiti reads ‘good luck and stay safe’, as the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases grow around the world, under a bridge in London

Reuters

12/61

A sign is pictured in Soho, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London

Reuters

13/61

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a coronavirus briefing in Downing Street, London

AP

14/61

Riot police face protesters who took part in a ‘We Do Not Consent’ rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions in London

AP

15/61

A person runs past posters with a message of hope, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Manchester

REUTERS

16/61

An image of The Queen eith quotes from her broadcast to the UK and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus epidemic are displayed on lights in London’s Piccadilly Circus

PA

17/61

Military vehicles cross Westminster Bridge after members of the 101 Logistic Brigade delivered a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital

Getty Images

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Durdle Door in Dorset

Reuters

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Captain Tom Moore

via Reuters

20/61

Mia, aged 8, and Jack, aged 5, take part in “PE with Joe” a daily live workout with Joe Wicks on Youtube to help kids stay fit who have to stay indoors due to the Coronavirus outbreak

PA

21/61

An NHS worker reacts at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

Reuters

22/61

Goats which have taken over the deserted streets of Llandudno

@AndrewStuart via PA

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Tobias Weller

PA

24/61

Novikov restaurant in London with its shutters pulled down while the restaurant is closed

25/61

London Landscapes: Hyde Park and the Serpentine, central London.

Matt Writtle

26/61

A newspaper vendor in Manchester city centre giving away free toilet rolls with every paper bought as shops run low on supplies due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus

PA

27/61

Theo Clay looks out of his window next to his hand-drawn picture of a rainbow in Liverpool, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue

Reuters

28/61

A young man cuts another man’s hair on top of a closed hairdresser in Oxford

Reuters

29/61

General view of the new NHS Nightingale Hospital, built to fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London

via Reuters

30/61

Jason Baird is seen dressed as Spiderman during his daily exercise to cheer up local children in Stockport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

Reuters

31/61

A woman wearing a face mask walks past Buckingham Palace

Getty Images

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A man holds mobile phone displaying a text message alert sent by the government warning that new rules are in force across the UK and people must stay at home

PA

33/61

Medical staff on the Covid-19 ward at the Neath Port Talbot Hospital, in Wales, as the health services continue their response to the coronavirus outbreak.

PA

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking part in a virtual Cabinet meeting with his top team of ministers

PA

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A shopper walks past empty shelves in a Lidl store on in Wallington. After spates of “panic buying” cleared supermarket shelves of items like toilet paper and cleaning products, stores across the UK have introduced limits on purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have also created special time slots for the elderly and other shoppers vulnerable to the new coronavirus.

Getty Images

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People on a busy tube train in London at rush hour

PA

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Mia, aged 8 and her brother Jack, aged 5 from Essex, continue their school work at home, after being sent home due to the coronavirus

PA

38/61

Children are painting ‘Chase the rainbows’ artwork and springing up in windows across the country

Reuters

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Social distancing in Primrose Hill

Jeremy Selwyn

40/61

A general view of a locked gate at Anfield, Liverpool as The Premier League has been suspended

PA

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Homeless people in London

AFP via Getty Images

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A piece of art by the artist, known as the Rebel Bear has appeared on a wall on Bank Street in Glasgow. The new addition to Glasgow’s street art is capturing the global Coronavirus crisis. The piece features a woman and a man pulling back to give each other a kiss

PA

43/61

The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace, London, for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself amid the coronavirus pandemic

PA

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A general view on Grey street, Newcastle as coronavirus cases grow around the world

Reuters

45/61

Matt Raw, a British national who returned from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan in China, leaves quaratine at Arrowe Park Hospital on Merseyside

PA

46/61

Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty (L) and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance look on as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news conference inside 10 Downing Street

Reuters

47/61

The ticket-validation terminals at the tram stop on Edinburgh’s Princes Street are cleaned following the coronavirus outbreak.

PA

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Locked school gates at Rockcliffe First School in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

PA

49/61

A sign at a Sainsbury’s supermarket informs customers that limits have been set on a small number of products as the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases grow around the world

Reuters

50/61

Jawad Javed delivers coronavirus protection kits that he and his wife have put together to the vulnerable people of their community of Stenhousemuir, between Glasgow and Edinburgh

AFP via Getty Images

51/61

A sign advertising a book titled “How Will We Survive On Earth?”

Getty Images

52/61

A man who appears to be homeless sleeping wearing a mask today in Victoria

Jeremy Selwyn

53/61

A pedestrian walks past graffiti that reads “Diseases are in the City” in Edinburgh

AFP via Getty Images

54/61

Staff from The Lyric Theatre, London inform patrons, as it shuts its doors

PA

55/61

A quiet looking George IV Bridge in Edinburgh

PA

56/61

A quieter than usual British Museum

Getty Images

57/61

A racegoer attends Cheltenham in a fashionable face mask

SplashNews.com

58/61

A commuter wears a face mask at London Bridge Station

Jeremy Selwyn

59/61

A empty restaurant in the Bull Ring Shopping Centre

Getty Images

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A deserted Trafalgar Square in London

PA

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Passengers determined to avoid the coronavirus before leaving the UK arrive at Gatwick Airport

Getty Images

Barking and Dagenham was a hotspot area at the end of last month. But the latest figures showed its infection rate rising slowly to 67.2 new cases (143) in the week to October 8, from 62.9 (134). The borough has four vans touring to tannoy social-distancing messages and has closed down a string of premises for breaching the rules and told supermarkets to make customers wear face masks.

The overall number of new cases in London rose 56 per cent to 7,787 in the week to October 8, according to official figures, up from 4,996 in the previous seven days.

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