London could be on the brink of joining other parts of the country in the most stringent Tier as Covid infection rates have failed to subside. All of London’s boroughs were placed in Tier 2 alongside the majority of England when the new, revised Tier system was implemented on December 2. The worst affected areas in the capital are in East London, including Walthamstow, Redbridge, Newham and Barking, and could see the capital entering Tier 3 sooner than expected.
It looks increasingly likely that London will be forced into Tier 3 restrictions.
The review of the tier system is due on Wednesday, December 16, as ministers will review the situation across the country and decide whether restrictions can be relaxed or they must be made stricter.
However, in London, some reports suggest a review could come before Wednesday as the situation is so bad.
An announcement for London’s Tier could come on Monday or Tuesday of this week, according to Government sources.
And further fuel was added to the fire with the news Health Secretary Matt Hancock was due to make an urgent statement on Covid infection rates to the House of Commons at 3.30pm today.
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