London could be heading for curfew to halt surge in Covid cases

LONDON could be heading for a curfew to halt an anticipated surge in Covid cases, according to a public health director.

Professor Kevin Fenton, the London director of Public Health England (PHE), told the Evening Standard newspaper in an interview this week that an increase in new infections of the virus is “inevitable” moving towards winter.

He said that around 10 boroughs in the UK capital already have coronavirus rates in the regions of 30 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day average, pointing to young people as one of the main factors “fueling the rise.”

Professor Fenton praised Londoners for their “phenomenal efforts” to beat the first wave of Covid-19, and called on the public to “do it again” now.

“That vigilance and that commitment is really going to be required from all of us, whatever age, whatever background, wherever you are in the city – we need to pull together”, he urged.

He pointed out in certain areas of the country where new cases of Covid-19 have risen sharply

“there have been limits placed on the amount of time you can spend socialising.

“In some it might be local curfews, so you’re not out drinking until the wee hours of the morning”, he said.

“By limiting that you also limit the amount of time people are spending in close contact with others.”

The Evening Standard meanwhile reports it has had access to an official plan for a coordinated response to an expected rise in cases in the capital.

The newspaper says that the “London Epidemic Response Escalation Framework” sets out a series of intensified measures to be implemented every time a “trigger point” is crossed.

These include steps like making face masks compulsory and restricting social contacts.

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