London facing lockdown as UK coronavirus cases reach 6000 – The Times

New coronavirus cases rose above 6,000 yesterday, with London facing a local lockdown if social distancing measures announced this week fail to curb numbers.

Nationally, confirmed cases rose by a quarter yesterday to 6,178, the third highest daily total recorded during the pandemic. In the capital there is concern that infection rates are catching up with the northeast, where people were banned from visiting each other’s houses last week.

Kevin Fenton, director of Public Health England in London, warned Sadiq Khan and the leaders of all 32 London boroughs that there was a “rising tide of coronavirus” in the capital during a private briefing this week.

No decision will be taken on London this week after a 10pm closing time was imposed on pubs and