British PM Boris Johnson announced new restrictions to curb of ‘alarming’ spread of the virus in the UK which will stay put for the next six months.
Addressing the parliament, the British PM said, the UK has reached an “a perilous turning point” as “the prospect of a second wave was real.”
Announcing the package of new restrictions, Johnson emphasized, these are by ‘no means a return to the full lockdown of March.’
“We’re not issuing a general instruction to stay at home. We will ensure that schools, colleges, and universities stay open because nothing is more important than the education, health, and well-being of our young people”, the prime minister said from Downing Street who has defeated the virus earlier this year.
England’s COVID-19 caseloads are said to be reached the reverse number of cases and Johnson said these new restrictions are designed to ease the burden of National Health Service and limiting the economic damage from the pandemic.
British chief scientific advisor, Patrick Vallance earlier this month warned the UK could start to record 50k new infections daily if strict public health measures are not immediately put in place.
In the last fortnight, daily hospital admissions in England have more than doubled, Johnson said, adding the number of daily deaths would continue to grow in November and October unless ‘we continue to act.’
He also said, like other respiratory viruses, the disease could spread faster as Autumn shifts to winter. Johnson shares, on the advice of UK’s chief scientific advisors, the alert level in the UK was raised from 3 to 4 – the second-most serious stage, indicating higher of rising transmission of the virus.
New restrictions, which could be made legal across the UK includes, limited wedding of upto 15 persons, mandatory face mask for shoppers, fine upon violations.
Pubs, bars, and restaurants will have to close by 22:00 BST from Thursday, which will be effective in scotland as well.
People hiring private and public transports will have to wear a mask, and staff and consumers of indoor hospitality will also have to follow the suits, as per the new rules. People are being encouraged to work from home as much as possible.
UK’s Labour Party leader Keir Starmer supported the prime minister’s measures saying her party supports them. However, she pointed out how the UK government’s absence of a clear strategy is making farmers anxious.
“Farmers across the country will be anxious today. Many [are] already living under local lockdowns. Much more fear that soon they will. They are worried about their jobs, about their loved ones and whether they will be able to spend Christmas with their families,” Starmer told addressing the parliament.
It must be noted, while cases are skyrocketing, the condition in the English territory is better than what it was in March lockdown.
Many experts pointed out UK’s public orders to curb the virus was fraught with dilemmas and u-turns confusing the public.
The UK has recorded 401,127 COVID-19 cases so far, as per Johns Hopkins data and fatalities stand at 41,887 and is the 13th worst-hit nation in the world from the novel disease.