Bromley businesses fear new lockdown will leave them unable to cope

Following the government’s error with uploading its data on Covid-19 cases over the weekend there’s been a surge in infections.

The government said that, as of Monday (October 5) there had been a further 12,594 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, and another 19 deaths – taking the total to 42,369.

Some areas in the North of England are already on local lockdowns to prevent the spread of the virus.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has previously said London coronavirus levels are at a “tipping point”

In a Tweet  Sadiq Khan  wrote: “London is at a very serious tipping point in the fight against Covid-19, and we need effective measures to stop the spread.

“This includes a rapid review of the 10pm curfew, given what we’ve seen in the streets outside pubs and bars across the UK.”

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The latest weekly rates for London boroughs also shows a massive leap in cases.

In the worst affected area,  Redbridge , cases jumped from 228 (74.7 per 100,000) in the week up to September 25, to 286 (93.7 per 100,000) in the week up to October 2.

The next worst affected was  Richmond upon Thames  which saw a huge leap from 52 cases last week to 171 in the latest data – that’s equivalent to a rate of 86.4 cases per 100,000.

However, not every borough in the capital is a hot spot for coronavirus cases as Merton and Bromley in South London have a lower infection rate in comparison to others.

According to the latest statistics, Bromley has 39.4 cases per 100,000 people, based on 131 positive tests in the last week, making it the borough with the third lowest rate and local businesses fear another lockdown will leave them unable to cope, and isn’t necessary at the moment.

Merton with 35.3 cases per 100,000 people and Sutton with 30.5 cases per 100,000 are the two boroughs with lower case rates than Bromley.

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Speaking to ITV News on Monday (October 5) from Bromley Town Centre, Damian Cooper, a local Cobbler, said: “Things are hard enough as it as the moment. I don’t know how we’d get through it.

“A lot if us are independent shops here, I just don’t know how we’d get through it.”

Gulay Ismail, Coffee shop owner, also added: “I can understand it if it was certain areas that’s very high, I understand that, but it’s especially around where we are so I don’t understand why we would have to.”

Meanwhile one shopper agreed with a local lockdown, if necessary, after her husband caught coronavirus earlier this year.

At present, the government have not confirmed a local lockdown in London.

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