Will London go back into lockdown?

AFTER the government enforced new restrictions on parts of England, Londoners are worried the capital could be put on lockdown again.

On July 30, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire would see their lockdown rules restricted.

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From July 31, members of different households in those cannot meet in private gardens or indoors, including homes, pubs and restaurants.

As cases rise in some parts of London too, it is feared the capital could be next on the lockdown list.

Will London go back into lockdown?

Boris Johnson is said to be considering plans to put London into lockdown if there is a spike of coronavirus cases anywhere in Greater London.

It comes after some metropolitan areas in the North of England saw their measures tightened last week in order to contain further spread of the virus.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly said he does not want to impose another national lockdown, but instead the Government is aiming to tackle outbreaks with local measures.

Speaking on Sky News, he warned up to 30 places could end up in need of further restrictions.

The PM said: "There are between ten and 30 places where you are seeing it bubbling up a little bit.

"I think the country as a whole understands that the best way to deal with this is if we have tough local lockdowns to get it under control in those towns."

Yesterday, housing secretary Robert Jenrick said there are no plans to put the whole of London into lockdown at the moment.

He said: "We're taking a very localised approach following the data and I'm working, for example, with each of the directors of public health in the London boroughs who are monitoring the rate of transmission in their own areas very closely.

"There is no plan, as far as I'm aware, to do anything broader in London."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged Londoners to follow the rules – especially when it comes to social distancing and face masks – in order to avoid another lockdown.

What areas of the UK have gone back into lockdown?

People in some parts of the UK are not allowed to meet others inside their home or garden, unless they have formed a support bubble.

It is not allowed to socialise with people outside of your own household in other indoor public venues, such as pubs, restaurants or places of worship.

Visiting relatives in care homes is also banned at the moment, unless there are "exceptional circumstances".

The following areas are affected by the new local lockdown:

Greater Manchester – City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale, Salford

Lancashire – Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale

West Yorkshire – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees

Leicester City, and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston

How many cases are there in London?

A total of 35,706 people have tested positive for coronavirus in London, with 6,880 deaths reported, according to the latest Government data.

On August 3, the PM'S spokesman confirmed London and other cities could be locked down if coronavirus cases spike.

They told reporters this lunchtime: "If you look at the contain strategy… it sets out within there the possibility of putting in place restrictions on travel if there is an area particularly badly affected.

"One of the steps within that is closing down local transport networks.

"We have informed the public and politicians of that being a potential action we could take.

"But it's not something specific to London. It would be because there has been a specific outbreak in a town, city or more localised areas."

The latest figures from the Department of Health show the number of coronavirus cases in Hackney and Barnet have soared.

The total number of cases in Hackney and the City of London is 980 – two areas that were joined together by Public Health England for data-collection purposes.

In Barnet, the total number of confirmed cases is 1,685.

Public Health England told MyLondon it was "working with Hackney Council following an increase in new cases of coronavirus".

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