London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for clarity on local Covid-19 outbreak powers

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan Credit: PA

The Mayor of London has called on the Government to provide more clarity on what powers and resources will be available to manage local Covid-19 outbreaks.

Sadiq Khan has written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock asking what additional resources will be made available to regional and local governments to support the management of local outbreaks of coronavirus.

Passengers wearing face masks in London

In the letter Mr Khan said that in order to prevent further “loss of life on the scale we have already seen” local areas must be able to respond “quickly and dynamically” to outbreaks to prevent them from becoming a regional or national second wave.

He asked Mr Hancock for clarity on what devolved powers were available to enforce local measures such as asking people to stay home and not meet other people.

Mr Khan's letter comes after Leicester’s Mayor suggested that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers in Leicester may be forced to stay closed for two more weeks after a rise in coronavirus cases.

Leicester has recorded 866 new cases of coronavirus in the last two weeks – leading to speculation over the weekend that the city would be locked down.

In his letter Mr Khan also questioned how the furlough and job support schemes will be flexible to support local outbreak responses.