London could face a third tier lockdown just a week before Christmas, as data shows infections are increasing in two-thirds of the boroughs.
Government officials will meet on December 16 to review the local lockdown rules they put in place when England's national lockdown ended last week.
And the numbers in the capital are headed in the wrong direction, with cases by half in the worst hit corners of the city and chaotic photos from the weekend showing shopping streets full of people.
In Haringey, positive coronavirus tests rose 47 percent in the week leading up to December 2, despite a national lockdown.
In the last week of the lockdown, the infection rate in Bromley rose 40 percent, and Bexley, Hackney, Harrow, Kingston and Merton saw spikes of 25 percent or more, according to Public Health England.
Officials are reported to be "worrying again" and Mayor Sadiq Khan warned today that sending London to Stage Three would be "catastrophic".
Concerns about the city, home to nine million people, are rising as the number of people who tested positive across the country rose again just five days after the second lockdown was completed. 14,718 more cases were confirmed today.
And the numbers in the capital are heading in the wrong direction, with cases in half in the worst hit corners of the city and chaotic photos from the weekend showing shopping streets full of people. Red indicates areas where the infection rate has increased in a week, while green indicates the districts that have seen a decrease in some cases
London's Regent Street was rammed on Saturday as shoppers flooded back onto main streets on the first weekend after coronavirus restrictions were eased following the end of the second lockdown at the start of a spending spree expected today to be £ 1.5 billion
Shoppers are pictured on Oxford Street today, December 7th, as officials will be forced to decide next week whether the city's current social distancing rules are strict enough to keep the coronavirus under control
A source from Public Health England told The Telegraph there was "cross-system concern" about how busy London was over the weekend and there were fears the city might have to be closed again.
Tier 3 rules currently in place in most of the Midlands and the north, as well as Kent and Bristol, prohibit people from socializing with people from other households indoors or in enclosed gardens, and restaurants and cafes must close.
Speaking to Sky News today, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "If London were to enter Stage Three, it would be catastrophic for those industries that are already really crippled under the Covid pandemic.
“That could mean that a lot of shops go bust, many bars, pubs and restaurants go bust.
“We really want to make sure we stay in tier two. Tier Tier also has a lot of challenges for us but it is really important that London continues to make the great sacrifices that they have made.
"Nobody wants London to go into the third stage or even the country into another third national lockdown."
Data from Public Health England shows that 20 of London's boroughs have higher rates of infection than the UK average, and 21 boroughs have rates that have increased in the seven days leading up to December 2nd.
The raw number of positive tests per 100,000 people and the rate at which they are increasing or decreasing are both factors the Joint Biosecurity Center considers when considering local lockdown levels.
Havering is the district with the highest infection rate, recording 319 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the past week, more than double the UK average of 149 per 100,000.
It is followed by Barking and Dagenham (299), Redbridge (295) and Waltham Forest (252). All are to the east of the city, but the problem isn't limited to that – falls are also high, increasing in Kingston upon Thames (206) and Enfield (193) to the west.
Only 11 out of 32 counties saw their coronavirus rates drop in the last week of lockdown, which should cause cases to plummet in every corner of England in November and December.
Six places had their infection rates decreased by five percent or more: Ealing, Hounslow, Brent, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Richmond upon Thames.
Another five saw small declines between 0.4 and 4.4 percent – Redbridge, Hillingdon, Greenwich, Westminster and Camden.
A source at City Hall, where the London Council sits, told The Telegraph: “It is correct to say that the falls in London have plateaued and are skyrocketing again after they fell. Everyone is very careful with it. & # 39;
The surge in infections is due to city photos this weekend showing people packed into busy shopping streets for the first weekend after the national lockdown was lifted.
Hundreds have been seen rammed shoulder to shoulder with no face masks on to do Christmas deals in stores struggling to stay afloat as the pandemic dragged on.
TomTom's traffic data showed that traffic jams in London on Saturday morning were 41 percent, an increase of 16 percent over the previous year's figure of 35 percent.
In Manchester, the congestion was 24 percent, six percent more than last Saturday. And in Liverpool the congestion this morning was 33 percent, up 11 percent from last week. In Birmingham and Wolverhampton, data showed that congestion was up nine percent from 18 percent the previous week.
The Tier Three threat to the capital is not new and warnings were posted on the wall last week.
The Tory heavyweight and London MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith warned that Stage Three would be an "absolute disaster" for the capital.
"London is the powerhouse of the British economy. We must not be moved to the third stage," he told MailOnline last week.
“Rates are falling and such a decision cannot be made by health officials alone. This decision-making must be balanced. Tier three would be an absolute disaster. & # 39;
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