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South London councillor calls for ‘circuit breaker’ Covid lockdown to stop ‘problematic’ gatherings

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A South London councillor has called for a “circuit breaker” lockdown to curb the spread of Covid.

Cllr Jim Dickson, cabinet member for health and social care in Lambeth, said ministers should follow the lead of Scotland and impose curbs on meet-ups.

Lambeth has the highest infection rate of any London borough – nearly one in 25 people there currently has Covid.

He said: “It’s now time for the government to consider extra restrictions – large gatherings, in particular, indoors and where there’s alcohol involved. They are pretty problematic.

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“We need to follow the lead from Scotland and Wales. New social distancing guidance or legal restrictions on households mingling are probably needed.

“I wouldn’t want to put time on it – but a circuit breaker of some kind. For me that’s about restrictions on gatherings and increased enforcement of current mandates.”

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced fresh restrictions on December 21, banning sports fans attending games from Boxing Day.

Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, followed her lead and introduced new rules capping the number of people allowed to meet in pubs at six from Boxing Day.

Boris Johnson’s government has resisted calls to bring in circuit breaker restrictions to halt the spread of Covid.

But Cllr Dickson said hospitals across Lambeth were already seeing more people sick with Covid.

Speaking on December 21, he said: “The numbers in hospitals are starting to go up quite significantly.

“The numbers in ICU have only ticked up a small amount from the late 30s to mid to late 40s.

“But we think that will start to go up quite significantly over the next 10 days to two weeks.

“What hospitals are telling us is they’re seeing more Covid cases, but the ones in intensive care are almost all people who haven’t been vaccinated.”

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Only 64.9 per cent of people in Lambeth have received their first jab, with that figure falling to 59.5 per cent for those who have had both injections.

Less than a third [32.1 per cent] of the borough’s residents have received their Covid booster shot.

A Covid jabs bus is being sent into areas of Lambeth with low vaccine uptake to encourage people to get jabbed.

Cllr Dickson said: “We’ve got the health and wellbeing bus out and about in the borough giving vaccinations.

“You have to be close to communities who might be vaccine hesitant. If they see the van on their doorstep they might go over and get a jab.”

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