PUBLISHED: 09:23, Fri, Oct 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:38, Fri, Oct 30, 2020
An Imperial College London study warned this week the R rate of transmission for the virus in the capital is 2.86. This is the highest level in England and could result in each infected person passing the virus on to almost three others. The surge in transmission could put London at risk of being placed into Tier 3, which is the highest level of restrictions in the UK.
Gary Marlowe, chair of the British Medical Association’s London regional council, warned the crisis was "catastrophic" for London.
He said: “Having the estimated highest R rate in the country, meaning that each infected person in London is infecting up to three more, is potentially catastrophic for our capital city.
"Local health services are already buckling under the pressure and in some areas of London we are now seeing a steep rise in the number of patients needing intensive care.
“And while death rates are currently low, we know the number of people who will lose their lives is likely to rise.”
Londoners could reject stricter lockdown measures (Image: GETTY)
Guidance for office workers and tourists hit hospitality and retail businesses in the City greatly during the first national lockdown this year.
This has sparked fears people will not adhere to the rules of staying at home a second time.
Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at the City of London Corporation, the Square Mile’s governing body and landlord of Leadenhall market, said: “Hibernating through the winter is not an option for our economy.
“We are building up an economic crisis which has the potential to impact more people than the health one. It is vital that we protect livelihoods as well as lives.”
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Boris Johnson could place London into tier 3 (Image: GETTY)