PUBLISHED: 17:40, Mon, Oct 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:40, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
The Labour Mayor of London on Monday launched his latest attack on the Conservative Government, saying ministers had “catastrophically failed” the British public in their handling of the historic health crisis. He rejected a second lockdown for the city’s nine million residents but said stricter measures needed to be rolled out sooner rather than later to protect lives and businesses.
Writing in City A.M. the mayor said: “The truth is the virus is now spreading widely and quickly across London again.
“Because of the failures of the test and trace system, we don’t have an accurate picture of the levels of the virus in different parts of our city.
“But all our other health indicators – such as 111 calls, GP visits, hospital admissions and the number of Londoners in Intensive Care Units – are accelerating in the wrong direction.”
He warned if the Government acts too slow in unveiling another raft of rules “the restrictions will inevitably have to be more draconian and longer-lasting when they do come – causing more economic damage in the long run.”
Sadiq Khan has admitted he does not have an 'accurate picture' of how Covid is spreading in London (Image: GETTY)
Sadiq Khan said London needs increased restrictions to curb the spread of Covid (Image: GETTY)
Mr Khan rejected the notion that authorities had to choose between saving lives and protecting the economy.
He said with a fully functioning test and trace system together with the correct “mitigating measures” – which he stopped short of spelling out – the economy could “open up”.
His scathing review of the Government’s response to the second wave comes as it emerged more than 15,000 positive coronavirus tests went unreported.
Public Health England said its figures had underreported 15,841 cases between September 25 and October 2.
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The Labour Mayor of London said he did not want another full lockdown (Image: GETTY)