British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said on Monday that the British prime minister will present a plan for further government measures in the House of Commons on Tuesday regarding the growing number of coronavirus infections. It is almost certain that additional restrictions will be imposed.
Before appearing in the House of Commons, Johnson will chair the government crisis management staff meeting, and on Monday he spoke to the heads of government of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by phone.
New Coronavirus infections have been increasing rapidly in the United Kingdom for more than two weeks – Only on August 6, for the first time since the end of May, their daily number exceeded 2,000, and last Friday, Saturday and Monday it was much higher than 4,000, the highest number since May 8. On Monday morning, the government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, warned that if this pace continued, there would be 50,000 by mid-October. Cases a day.
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Johnson reiterates that a nationwide lockdown, similar to the one imposed at the end of March, is the last resort, but some form of tightening is assured. According to the BBC and Sky News, one idea under consideration is to introduce them for a relatively short period, say two weeks, to break the chain of transmission of the virus as specified. During this period, a ban on meeting people from different families will likely be imposed, and pubs, bars and restaurants will be closed or open at reduced hours.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in an interview with ITV on Monday in an interview with ITV in the “very, very near future” that changes to the bar business would be introduced in the “very near future”, but he did not want to specify what they would be. He also confirmed that the restrictions will be different from what they were in March, as schools and most jobs will remain open.
If we had to act, it would be different from last time, because we learned a lot about how to deal with the virus. Schools are not a place where the virus is transmitted, but rather through social gatherings
He expressed the view that if the epidemic could be stopped, there was still a chance for a near-normal Christmas this year, although he stipulated a return to full normalcy next summer – if a vaccine is invented.
The decisions Johnson announced on Tuesday will only apply to England, because health care in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is the responsibility of local governments. Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday that this time it would be possible to coordinate actions between all four parts of the UK. In Scotland, she said, it was “almost certain” that more restrictions would be imposed in the next few days.
Meanwhile, further restrictions were imposed in subsequent places. The Welsh government announced that it will extend to four other provinces in the country’s south starting Tuesday afternoon – Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Plainau Joint and Newport. As with Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf, residents are not allowed to leave the county without good reason, they can only meet other people outdoors, shields are encountered in confined spaces, and bars and restaurants must close at 11 pm.
In turn, the Northern Ireland government announced that from Tuesday afternoon, a ban on all families from different families in confined spaces will go into effect across the province, and up to six people from two families can meet in open spaces.