Pubs, restaurants and cafés are source of 'one-fifth of coronavirus cases'

Pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues account for around a fifth of coronavirus infections, say Government experts.

Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said pubs alone count for 9% of cases, but when added to all hospitality venues it pushes it up to 20%.

He delivered the information as part of a cross-party call on epidemiology with 90 MPs and peers yesterday morning.

One MP said data suggests more than 1,500 infections a day are being caught at hospitality venues, which is more than in educational settings. 

The briefing comes after MPs and peers asked to see the science behind the latest restrictions – which include a 10pm closing time for pubs and table service only.

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It comes as as large numbers of people were seen flocking out of pubs and restaurants after 10pm last night on the first weekend of the new rules.

Concerns have been raised particularly in the capital after streets were seen looking especially busy and Tubes packed as everyone left central London at the same time when bars closed.

One witness yesterday described the Tubes as ‘the busiest I’ve seen in central London for months’ as everyone ‘rolled onto the streets’ with no staggered leaving times.

People were also seen queuing outside off-licences and shops to buy booze then go home and continue their weekend drinking after the pubs had closed.

Every borough of London has also been highlighted as an ‘area of concern’, with mayor Sadiq Khan urging the PM to ban the mixing of households.

A number of towns across the UK went into local lockdown from midnight – including Leeds, Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Llanelli in Carmarthenshire.

Cardiff and Swansea in Wales will also do the same as of midnight tonight.

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