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Sadiq Khan has said it is “increasingly likely” lockdown restrictions will be required in London to curb the “accelerating” spread of coronavirus.

The Mayor of London said he was “extremely concerned” about the speed at which Covid-19 is spreading in the capital.

Mr Khan said the spread is “made worse by the uncertainty caused by the lack of testing capacity” in London.

In a statement, he said: “This afternoon I held an emergency meeting with London council leaders, the Government and Public Health England to discuss the next steps.

“It is increasingly likely that, in London, additional measures will soon be required to slow the spread of the virus. We will be considering some of the measures which have already been imposed in other parts of the UK.

Public Health England warned that data published on Friday could be a sign of “far worse things to come”, as the Office for National Statistics said cases are thought to have almost doubled in a week to 6,000 a day in England.

Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at the Open University, described the latest R figure as “undoubtedly concerning”.

He said: “Even at growth rates within the estimated range, the number of new cases could grow to high levels quickly if the interventions are not sufficiently effective.”

It comes as ministers discuss whether further national restrictions are needed, such as forcing pubs and restaurants to close at 10 pm or curbs on people socializing.

Ministers are thought to be considering a two-week national “circuit breaker”, an attempt to break the chain of transmission

The Prime Minister insisted that he did not want a second national lockdown, but said it was essential that people followed social distancing guidelines – including the new “rule of six”.

“But as we look at this particular curve and what is happening now, clearly we are going to keep everything under review. I don’t want to get into a second national lockdown at all, it is the last thing anybody wants,” he said.

“I don’t want to go into bigger lockdown measures at all, we want to keep schools open and it is fantastic the schools have gone back in the way they have. We want to keep the economy open as far as we possibly can, we want to keep businesses going.  Read more.. 

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