Follow the rules or risk your life, Londoners told tough new coronavirus curbs to be introduced | London Evening Standard

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    Andoners were warned today that they are risking their lives by defying government advice coronavirusit has been confirmed that tighter restrictions will be introduced for the capital.

    Mayor Sadiq Khan said that as the number of cases increased, stricter measures would be introduced Corona virus infection covid-19 they were afraid that they had already grown into tens of thousands in the capital.

    As the crisis escalated, Boris Johnson presided over an emergency meeting of Whitehall Cobra the committee will consider the introduction of stricter restrictions on communication, commuting and shopping at leisure.

    Scientists say that current measures of social distancing and self-isolation will only work properly if there is a high degree of public compliance.

    If people ignore the advice, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions will be at particular risk.

    The mayor of London called on the capital to listen / Sadiq Khan/Twitter

    “This advice is designed to save lives and it is vital that all Londoners follow the advice strictly,” Mr Khan said. London Assembly this morning. “Londoners should avoid social interaction unless absolutely necessary.

    “It is vital that far fewer Londoners use our transport network than they do now.” The Prime Minister is leading discussions on special plans to tighten the lockdown in London to contain the much steeper infection curve compared to other regions.

    Senior sources have told the Standard that closures of shops, malls, bars and restaurants are likely to take place in London sooner than elsewhere. Pharmacies and grocery stores will remain open.

    Restrictions on travel to and from London were completely excluded by the official representative of the Prime Minister , who this morning expressed anger at the content and tone of some media reports. No. 10 also ruled out French-style fines for people moving around unnecessarily and the use of troops to maintain order.

    “The priority is to reduce the amount of travel and socializing in London and get people to work from home as much as possible,” the informed source said. “Restrictions on travel to and from the London area from other regions will not be in the initial wave of measures and may never be needed. If they are needed in the future, people will be given a lot of attention.”

    however, The Tube is already shrinking from today with the closure of up to 40 stations, as well as the closure of the Waterloo and City line and the Night Tube on Friday.

    There was concern in Whitehall about a number of media reports that were seen as unhelpful or overblown. Reports that police would be guarding supermarkets were said to be “not being discussed at this stage”. The statement that ministers will rule that “only one person [will be] was allowed to leave the house at that time’ was dismissed by one informed source as ‘full horse***’.

    However, the pace of new measures over the past week suggests that restrictions that are considered unthinkable today could become announcements in the near future.

    The possibility of Paris-style fines for people traveling without a valid reason is not out of the question, but much will depend on whether Londoners willingly heed calls for restraint.

    It is understood that 41 people have died from Covid-19 in the capital as of yesterday and the death toll is expected to rise even faster in the coming days.

    The government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said the scale of the epidemic could be estimated at one death per 1,000 cases. That means the capital could already have more than 40,000 cases, far more than the 953 confirmed cases.

    There could be more than 100,000 across the UK, compared to 2,626 who tested positive.

    Health chiefs are trying to get a clearer picture of the scale of the outbreak in Britain.

    “Clearly we are still in the early stages of this crisis, but the spread of the virus in London is at a more advanced stage than in other parts of the country,” said Mr Khan, who was due to meet Mr Johnson at the number 10. today for further negotiations.

    “This means that additional measures will need to be introduced at a time when they will have the greatest impact.”

    In other developments:

    • Nursing homes are scheduled to be closed to nonessential visitors until the weekend before Mother’s Day.
    • Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said the government will try to issue students’ GCSE and A-level results in August under a “different system” after exams were canceled due to the coronavirus. More details were to be announced tomorrow.
    • Whitehall has drawn up a list of key workers whose children will continue to be in schools, including NHS staff, lorry drivers and 999 emergency operators. Mr Williamson noted that around 10 per cent of pupils would be looked after during the day. Other families will have to watch their children at home.
    • Former cabinet minister Rory Stewart, who handled Britain’s response to the Ebola crisis, warned of the risk of a “terrible miscalculation” in simply trying to slow the spread of the disease. Writing in the Standard, he said: “It is simply impossible to allow a virus like this to spread to the majority of our population without overwhelming our health system many times over. And London will feel it before anyone else.”
    • 20,000 soldiers have been put on alert double the usual number, to support the police, deliver vital oxygen supplies and to carry out other key tasks.
    • In supermarkets, the shelves were bare amid panic buying on the eve of the looming London clampdown.
    • Labor has said it will back emergency laws to restrict the movement of people. Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakraborty called for “comprehensive income protection for everyone in the country” who cannot work in return. The Treasury is working on proposals tomorrow.
    • Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, positive test for coronavirus , putting another question mark over Mr Johnson’s December deadline for completing post-Brexit trade talks. Mr Barnier tweeted that he was “well and in good spirits”.
    • The government, which appeared eager to keep up with the speed of the virus, was forced to introduce measures much earlier than hoped, including closing schools, urging people to only take public transport if necessary, work from home if possible and avoid social activities , for example, visiting pubs, restaurants, theaters and cinemas.

    If people have symptoms of Covid-19, a new persistent cough or a high temperature, they must self-isolate at home for seven days if they live alone, or 14 for the whole family if one person has one of the symptoms.

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