London to Enter Tier 3 Restrictions Due to Rise of COVID-19 Cases

London, along with several other areas in the southeast of England, will enter Tier 3 restrictions on Dec. 16 to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Dec. 14.

London, along with several other areas in the southeast of England, will enter Tier 3 restrictions on Dec. 16 to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Dec. 14.

Hancock announced that the toughest COVID-19 restrictions will take effect in London, all of Essex except Tendring, and Watford, Herstmene, and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire on the midnight of Dec. 16.

The announcement came after the COVID Operations Committee of the British government virtually met earlier on the same day to discuss the data that showed “off the charts” surge of cases in the areas.

“Even in the last 24 hours, there were some boroughs in London where the bar was going off the chart. There was a lot of frustration on the call because it was only 45 minutes, there were a lot of MPs, a lot of questions remained unaddressed, unanswered,” a London  member of parliament (MP) told British newspaper The Guardian.

The latest data revealed that nearly 24,000 cases have been reported in London in a week.

According to Hancock, the surge may partly be due to a new variant of COVID-19 identified in the area, which grows faster than the current one.

Hancock informed MPs that the data would undergo a weekly review. The next review is set on Dec. 23.

Under the Tier 3 restrictions, meetings are limited to six people in some outdoor public places. Also, accommodation venues, such as hotels, and entertainment venues such as casinos and clubs are required to close. Pubs and restaurants are also required to close except for deliveries and takeaways.


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