London coronavirus lockdown ‘under review’ by Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a London lockdown to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus is "under review".

The PM confirmed at his daily briefing on Wednesday that the government is keeping everything under review when asked whether he would bring in measures to lock down London because people were flouting warnings to avoid social gatherings.

The government has advised people not to go to pubs, restaurants, cinemas or restaurants to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Asked whether tougher measures were needed to shut down London where bars, public transport and businesses remained busy, Johnson said: "We've always said we're going to do the right measures at the right time.

"A lot of people are making a real heroic effort to comply with the advice we've given, but as I've said … we keep everything under continuous review and we will not hesitate to bring forward further and faster measures where that is necessary."

It was revealed earlier on Wednesday that the potential plans sparked fury from London Mayor Sadiq Khan – who claims he has been kept in the dark by Boris Johnson’s team.

A source close to the Mayor told the Telegraph: “We expect a shutdown of London but nobody in central Government is saying when that will be or what form it will take.

“The prime minister is saying we need to go faster and further and there is a spike of cases in London which is running ahead of the country but what that actually means the mayor’s office doesn’t yet know because Downing Street hasn’t said.”

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