Residents of the capital are on standby after every borough was added to the covid “watch list”. The R number has risen in recent weeks with new cases rising at an alarming rate. The estimated R for the UK is between 1.2 and 1.5.
It comes as infectious experts warn that there could be 100 daily deaths in three to four weeks.
Almost one quarter of the UK is set to be living under extra coronavirus restrictions when new measures on socialising come into force in parts of the country. A ban on households mixing came into effect at midnight in Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds. Restrictions are already in force across large swathes of north-west England, West Yorkshire, the North East and the Midlands, as well as parts of west Scotland and south Wales.