London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for an urgent review of the 10pm curfew rules for pubs and bars, describing the Capital as having reached a “tipping point”, amid a second wave of coronavirus cases across the country.

The Mayor said in a tweet: “London is at a very serious tipping point in the fight against COVID-19, and we need effective measures to stop the spread.

“This includes a rapid review of the 10pm curfew, given what we've seen in the streets outside pubs and bars across the UK.”

The call comes amid criticism of the government’s restrictions on the hospitality sector, in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus across the country.

Many have slammed the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants, indicating that it may be making the problem worse.

As local lockdowns come into force in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham in North Wales from 6pm on Thursday, more than a third of the UK population will be subject to some form of extra controls.

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Mr Hancock highlighted the findings of the React study, which he said offered some indication that measures already taken in hotspots were working.

"Today's React study from Imperial College suggests that whilst the R number (the average number of people infected by someone with coronavirus) remains above one, there are early signs that it may be falling," he said.

"We must not let up, but people everywhere can take some small hope that our efforts together may be beginning to work - I put it no stronger than that, cases are still rising."

Mr Hancock also defended the 10pm curfew in pubs and restaurants but promised to do "whatever we can" to support the hospitality industry.

"I know that these measures are hard and they are yet another sacrifice after a year of so many sacrifices already, but there are some signs that what we are doing together to respond to these awful circumstances is starting to work," Mr Hancock said.