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London and Other Regions in England with New Restrictions

London and Other Regions in England with New Restrictions”

United Kingdom health minister Helen Whateley announced the news to London members of Parliament in a call on Thursday morning, with Prime Minister Johnson expected to confirm it in a statement later in the day.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan told City Hall the expected move to Tier 2 is based on "expert public health and scientific advice about what is necessary to save lives in the capital" but stressed that he was pushing for extra support from the Government.

Essex will also move into Tier 2.

Household mixing will be banned in London as of midnight on Friday, after Boris Johnson's United Kingdom government said that rising levels of infections in the United Kingdom capital meant it must be moved into the "high" COVID-19 tier of restrictions.

He said: "No one wants to see this, but it is necessary to protect Londoners", after warning cases would soon reach 100 per 100,000 people.

Chief executive Richard Burge added: "With no non-household mixing allowed indoors and a reduction in journeys on public transport requested, Tier 2 will hit London's hospitality sector hard, particularly in its centre".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he expects the government to move the city of 9 million people to a higher level of coronavirus restrictions later Thursday as infection rates rise throughout the capital.

He told people in London: "We've got a hard winter ahead".

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"This is why I continue to call for a short national circuit breaker".

Labour shadow minister and Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said the new restrictions in London would keep businesses open "in name only" as he called for more economic support.

The new three-tier system sees every area of England classed as being on medium, high or very high alert.

But no decision has been made on whether to move Greater Manchester into Tier 3, as more meetings are still taking place between ministers and local leaders at the moment.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to address Parliament later on Thursday to announce the changes.

Meanwhile, Liverpool is considering a two-week half-term break for schools as part of its "battle with Covid-19".

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