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UK coronavirus live: new restrictions for Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli; London placed on Covid-19 watchlist

Measures to come into force in three areas in Wales this weekend; no extra measures to be taken in London yet; new restrictions for Leeds likely from Saturday

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Cardiff and Swansea will be subject to local lockdowns from Sunday evening, the Welsh government has announced.

From 6pm on Sunday residents will not be able to travel in or out without reasonable excuse. Nor will they be able to meet indoors with anyone they do not live with.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, pointed to a lack of testing capacity in the capital as the reason why it had become an area of concern (see previous update). He said:

London is at a very worrying tipping point right now. We’re seeing a sharp rise in 111 calls, hospital admissions and patients in ICU [intensive care units].

The near collapse of test and trace and the resurgence of the virus means new measures to slow its spread were absolutely necessary.

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