The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted on Thursday: “The Government has had plenty of time to put an effective test, trace and isolate the system in place – but they’ve failed.
“New restrictions will be tough for Londoners, but COVID-19 cases are rapidly rising and I’m not willing to put lives at risk.”
Essex in the south east has now risen to Tier 2, as well as Elmbridge in Surrey – but despite this much of the south east is recording an infection rate well below 100,000 people.
The east of England is also feeling safe currently, being under Tier 1 restrictions, and most areas recording infection rates as low as 20 per 100,000 people.
Cambridge has recorded a low rate of 79 this week.
Faring better than everywhere else is the south west of England – all of which is currently under Tier 1 restrictions, including cities like Bristol and Exeter.