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Police force in England said they will try to prevent people from leaving Wales, which has started a 17-day lockdown to slow a rise in the rate of coronavirus infections LONDON – Police force in England says it will try to prevent people from leaving Wales, which has entered a 17-day lockdown to slow the surge in coronavirus infections. drivers who they believe make long journeys. Travelers without an excuse will be asked to turn around. If they do not comply, officers will notify their Welsh counterparts so they can take action because Gloucestershire Police do not have the authority to fine people traveling from Wales, a the ministry said. the UK, which has the deadliest coronavirus numbers in Europe, with 44,661 confirmed virus deaths. About 1,756 of these occurred in Wales, which has a population of around 3 million. As part of the UK’s decentralized authority system, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have established their own public health rules. Meanwhile, the Westminster National Government has created a three-tier virus alert system that applies only to England, with South Yorkshire on Saturday becoming the latest region to enter tier 3 – tier 3 Tighter viral risk restrictions in England – after Liverpool, Greater Manchester But it was the Welsh government that imposed one of the UK’s toughest lockdowns, including a ban on non-essential travel. Under the rules which took effect on Friday evening, Wales also closed most businesses and limited secondary schools to online education. Another UK police force, West Mercia, also said that she would work with her Welsh counterparts to ‘enforce, if necessary, the rules relevant to the region we serve. New infections continue to rise across Britain. Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modeling led to the UK’s initial lockdown in March, told the BBC the current situation was “concerning”. “We are in a critical period right now,” he said. “The health care system will not be able to cope with this rate of growth for much longer.” ——— Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak.



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