London Tier 3: Live updates as 'new variant' virus identified and Covid cases surge

14 December 2020, 13:34 | Updated: 14 December 2020, 20:51

Ewan Quayle

By Ewan Quayle

London is facing Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions as infection rates soar in many boroughs.

Health secretary Matt Hancock is to announce his decision on whether to put the capital into Tier 3 in a statement to the House of Commons at 3.30pm on Monday.

Sadiq Khan has warned the decision would be "catastrophic" for business but conceded tougher action needed to be taken after MPs were told of an “exponential growth” in Covid-19 cases.

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Pubs and restaurants would be forced to close except for takeaway services over the busy Christmas period.

It comes after thousands of people took to the streets of central London to do their Christmas shopping over the weekend following warnings from the Mayor and police to respect coronavirus rules.

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