UK tightens Covid restrictions as cases mount

London: London has tightened coronavirus restrictions further in a bid to control rising infection rates of the dreaded virus.

Pubs and restaurants will have to be closed. The takeaway food outlets will be opened.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has already warned that London had seen a “sharp rise” in daily cases and hospital admissions.

Concerns have also been raised about higher rates of infection among secondary school children aged 11-18, leading to increased testing in the worst-hit areas in and around London.

London had been placed in “Tier 2”, which means non-essential shops and services can open, but it currently has one of the highest infection rates in the country.

The government is under pressure to review its Christmas plans, under which there will be a five-day relaxation in the rules to allow free travel and for up to three households to meet.

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