London lockdown: Iain Duncan Smith lambasts decision to put capital into Tier 2 measures
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Mr Duncan Smith told LBC the lockdown in London was a staggering blow to the capital. The Conservative MP added some boroughs of London have very low levels of COVID-19 coronavirus.
Mr Duncan Smith said: “I think, first of all, this position is premature for London.
“London is a huge city, it’s one of the great global cities of the world.
“Most of their boroughs are bigger than many of the towns around the UK, and the figures vary dramatically from one end of London to the next.
“So South-West London has incredibly low levels of the spread, others have higher but the average, even including some of the highest,
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“It is still very low relative to places like Manchester and to Liverpool and many of the other towns.”
He added: “It is a staggering blow to London and to the hospitality sector.”
On Thursday the UK Government announced London would be moved into tier-two, meaning greater restrictions on the capital city.
Leading up to the announcement, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it would inevitable the capital will pass a “trigger point” to enter the higher Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions.
He told Sky News: “Across our city… the average over the last seven days is about 90 per 100,000.
“All the indicators I have, hospital admissions, ICU occupancy, the numbers of older people with cases, the prevalence of the disease, the positivity are all going the wrong direction.
“Which means, I’m afraid, it’s inevitable over the course of the next few days London will have passed a trigger point to be in the second tier.”
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In total since the pandemic began, London has recorded 62,340 cases, out of a population of approximately 9.2million.
The rate of infection in London per 100,000 of the population is 695.6.
Figures released by Public Health England showed Brent has recorded 2,781 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of today, while Barnet has had 2,971.
Mr Khan has said in recent weeks London has seen a “sharp” increase in calls to non-emergency NHS number 111, while hospital admissions have increased.
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