Coronavirus UK Updates: London at risk of being placed in Tier 3 as cases “still far too high”

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London is at risk of being placed in Tier 3 restrictions as declining transmission rates stall across the city and the number of new cases are “still far too high”, according to the capital’s public health chief.

Prof Kevin Fenton, London director for Public Health England, said the north east of the city has the highest levels of transmission but “even in those areas that have had the biggest declines, rates are still far too high”.

He continued:

The promising reductions we had begun to see with the recent national restrictions across the capital have also shown signs of slowing in recent days – a stark reminder of just how delicate our situation is.

If we want to avoid being placed into Tier 3, it is vital we keep transmission down.

Our actions over this weekend and in the weeks ahead will make a big difference to our outlook over the festive period and into the New Year.

After rapidly falling transmission rates in mid-November, the seven-day infection rate in the capital has remained largely unchanged for four days, with 155.8 new cases per 100,000 population in the week to 28 November.

It was 154.3, 154.5 and 156.1 for the previous three days.

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