The UK Stops Easy Locking Actions When COVID-19 Cases Rise | Instant News


(LONDON) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out some planned steps to ease the closure of Britain on Friday, just hours before they were enacted, saying the number of new corona virus cases in the country increased for the first time since Maybe.

Johnson said at the press conference that statistics showed that the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community tended to increase, with around 4,900 new infections every day, up from 2,000 per day at the end of June.

“We cannot ignore this evidence,” he said.

“With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we now have to press the brake pedal to keep the virus under control.”

He canceled plans to allow venues, including casinos, bowling rinks and ice rinks, to open on Saturday, August 1. The wedding reception was also postponed, along with plans to allow a small number of fans to return to the sports stadium and audience to the theater.

Johnson said the steps would be reviewed after two weeks.

He said the rules requiring faceplate to be worn in shops and public transportation would be extended to museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.

Scientists who advise the government say they are no longer convinced that the number R, which measures how much each person is infected with the disease, is below 1 in the UK. A number above 1 means the virus will spread exponentially.

On Thursday, the government re-imposed restrictions on social life in northern England due to a surge in cases, barring households from visiting each other.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that although it was not “a decision anyone wanted to make,” the government had no choice.

Under the new restrictions, people from different households in Greater Manchester, the second largest metropolitan area in England, have been asked not to meet indoors. The order also applies to areas around the districts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire, which affect more than 4 million people in total.

Hancock said data showed the corona virus was spreading especially among households.

He told the BBC that “one of the terrible things about this virus is the development of social contacts that make life worth living.”

Opposition politicians support the latest move but criticized the government for announcing restrictions in a tweet from Hancock late Thursday, just two hours before they took effect at midnight.

Labor Business spokeswoman Lucy Powell said the “sudden bolt” approach was “not a way to build trust and bring people with you and maximize compliance with these steps.”

The affected region has a large Muslim population, and the restrictions coincide with the Eid al-Adha holiday, where many people usually gather at their homes.

The Secretary General of the British Muslim Council, Harun Khan, sharply criticized the way the announcement was made, saying that for Muslims in the affected area, “such as being told they cannot visit family and friends for Christmas on Christmas Eve itself.”

The northern British measures are the second batch of regional restrictions imposed to try to curb the second wave of viruses in Britain, following tighter local lockdown in the city of Leicester, central England. The government says restaurants, pubs, shops and hairdressers in Leicester can reopen starting Monday, more than a month after they are closed amid a surge in cases.

The official death toll for the British corona virus is only around 46,000, the third highest number in the world after the United States and Brazil.

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