London will have stricter restrictions on curbing coronavirus infection from midnight on October 15th, as determined by British Health Minister Matt Hancock.
The English capital goes on “high alert” for Covid-19, due to the increase in cases over the past week. The move is a response to the appeal of London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The mayor acknowledged that no one likes tougher isolation measures, but says they are necessary, since the virus is spreading rapidly in the city.
“I must warn Londoners: we have a difficult winter ahead of us,” said Khan.
The measure will also apply to Essex County, adjacent to the capital and also densely populated, in addition to six more areas including York. In all, the UK has had more than 43,000 deaths from Covid-19, one of the highest rates in Europe, and 657,000 infections.
As in other European countries that face the second wave, such as France and Portugal, the restrictions essentially affect recreational activities, but not schools and workplaces.