16 nabbed in anti-lockdown protests in south London: UK media

Monday, 11 Jan, 2021

- London is to move into the highest level of anti-virus restrictions, the health minister announced Monday.

Speaking on the BBC, Health Secretary Matt Hancock declined to speculate on whether the government would introduce stricter rules "because the most important message is not whether the government will further strengthen the rules".

There are growing fears that people have not been observing social distancing rules, as case numbers surge, hospitals become swamped and deaths continue to rise, with one in 50 people in England now thought to have COVID-19, according to the Office for National Statistics. This week I declared a major incident due to the threat this virus poses to Londoners.

Police said the victim, 92, allowed the man into her Surbiton home on December 30 after being told he was from the National Health Service (NHS) and there to administer the vaccine.

"We're really going to have to do a significant action for all of us for several more weeks until probably some time in the spring for very much of what we have to do".

He also called on the public to help the NHS, saying: "Please don't contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you".

This means that Britain has hit another two grim milestones in the pandemic as total coronavirus cases passed 3 million and total coronavirus-related deaths topped 80,000.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said that over 46,000 NHS staff are now off work after contracting the virus - a situation which places even more strain on those still able to work.

Once more, we must all stay at home.

Boris Johnson said the public should "stay at home" and not get complacent. It's partly that we need the beds for patients with a better chance, and partly that we feel it is cruel to keep these people suffering when their chances of survival are slim.

London councils have urged places of worship to close and the bishop of London Sarah Mullally said churches should "consider the seriousness of the situation" before holding in person services this weekend.

The NHS risked being overwhelmed within a couple of weeks, he said, and in some areas was facing "the most unsafe situation anyone can remember".

He said hospital bosses were working in the dark as they did not know why there were shortages, how long they were likely to last, how geographically widespread they were nor what priority would be given to healthcare workers.

Prof Michie, who is also part of Independent Sage, told Today: "It is definitely too lax, because if you think about it and compare ourselves with March, what do we have now? If you meet someone from another household, the virus has an opportunity to be transmitted".

Mr Nabarro said there will be "a bit more difficulty to weather" in the months ahead in terms of the virus.