London and its surrounding areas will be placed under Britain's highest level of coronavirus restrictions beginning Wednesday as infections rise rapidly in the capital, the health secretary said Monday, adding that a new variant of the virus may be to blame for the spread.
"We've now identified over 1,000 cases with this variant predominantly in the south of England although cases have been identified in almost 60 different local authority areas", he said.
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However, people will be able to meet with people from different households in groups of six maximum outdoors in parks and public playgrounds.
Mr Hancock has told MPs during a call that London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will be moved into Tier 3 restrictions on Wednesday. Hancock said that though the new variant is fast, there's nothing yet to suggest that a vaccine wouldn't be effective against it.
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There are also additional curbs on socialising in Tier 3, but workplaces and schools are told to remain open. "But this action is absolutely essential, not just to keep people safe, but because we've seen that early action can help prevent more damaging and longer lasting problems later". In some areas, cases are doubling every seven days, he said, warning: "It only takes a few doublings for the NHS (National Health Service) to be overwhelmed".
"I know the steps are hard, but we must not waver as we enter the final stretch, so that when we look back on this time of crisis, we can all say that we played our part", he added.
On Thursday, it was revealed London has the highest rates of coronavirus in England.
Mr Hancock will also later outline the financial support available to the Tier 3 areas. "It would be such a tragedy to lose even more people to this disease when the vaccine is now being rolled out across our city".
According to Digital Journal, In May, scientists identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.