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Speculation mounts London could be placed on 'lockdown'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Any decision by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to place the capital on lockdown must be approved by the government

There is growing speculation the British capital, London, could be put under “lockdown” to stem the tide of the deadly COVID-19 disease in Britain.

The Telegraph reported today that London is “braced” for lockdown as the government prepares to introduce emergency legislation to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The pro-Tory newspaper quotes sources “close to the Mayor’s office” claiming they “expect a shutdown” of the capital “in the coming days”.

So far there has been no confirmation or denial of the plans by the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

The Telegraph claims there is “alarm” in Whitehall after Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s call for people to avoid pubs and restaurants – and to work from home – went unheeded.

In addition, new figures from Transport for London show a 19 percent decline in Tube (underground) travel but a much more modest reduction of 10 percent for bus journeys.

The failure of the British people to adhere to Johnson’s guidelines follows a dramatic U-turn by the PM over his original strategy to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Johnson originally called for “mitigation” – as opposed to virus “suppression” – as part of a broader strategy of building up “herd immunity” to the deadly COVID-19 disease.

The government was forced to abandon this highly controversial plan after a domestic and international outcry.  



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