United Kingdom health minister Helen Whateley announced the news to London members of Parliament in a call on Thursday morning, with Prime Minister Johnson expected to confirm it in a statement later in the day.
"Responding to this unprecedented pandemic requires hard choices, some of the most hard choices any government has to make in peacetime", Hancock told MPs.
London is to move to tighter "Tier 2" coronavirus restrictions at midnight on Friday.
Couples not living together and not in a support bubble may still meet outside, as long as they "follow social distancing and the hand, face, space rules", the spokesman said, according to the Birmingham Mail.
COVID-linked hospitalisations are rising, with 67 admissions on Monday, the highest figure since June 23.
"In London, we experienced the worst of COVID-19 back in the spring. So in central London the decision is easy - if there is no extra support, you will see businesses close and people made redundant", she says.
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The IDPH lists cases and tests performed by ZIP code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. The IDPH reported 331,620 people in IL have tested positive for COVID-19, while 9,127 people have died statewide.