Sadiq Khan: London lockdown ‘nowhere near’ being lifted

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the capital is “nowhere near” being able to lift the current Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “When the prime minister announced the lockdown just over two-and-a-half weeks ago he said he would review it in three weeks’ time which is this Monday.

“I think we’re nowhere near lifting the lockdown. I speak to experts regularly, in fact after this (interview) I’ll have another call with Public Health England and NHS London experts.

“We think the peak – which is the worst part of the virus – is still probably a week-and -a-half away.”

Earlier, speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Khan said his “thoughts and prayers” were with the city’s 14 transport workers who have died after contracting coronavirus.

He said: “We have had in London, I’m afraid, 14 people who work public transport losing their lives through Covid-19, including eight of them who were bus drivers.”

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