British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a new one-month confinement to England after experts warned that without strong action the new covid-19 outbreak will overwhelm hospitals in weeks.
On the day that the UK exceeded the million cases of covid-19, the prime minister gave a press conference in which he confirmed that the strict restrictions on the economy and daily life begin on Thursday and will last until 2 December .
Boris Johnson said “no responsible prime minister” could ignore the black numbers of the pandemic.
“Without taking action, we will be able to see deaths in this country reach several thousand a day,” said the prime minister, who was himself hospitalized at the start of the pandemic with a serious case of covid-19.
With the new restrictions, bars and restaurants can only be open for ‘take-away’, non-essential commerce must close and people can only leave home for reasons contained in a short list, which includes physical exercise. Activities ranging from going to haircut or going on vacation abroad are canceled again.
Unlike the first three-month confinement in the UK, earlier this year, schools, universities, construction companies and industry will continue to function.
Boris Johnson had enacted a set of regional restrictions in early October, but they were not enough. Government consultants predict that in the current trajectory of the outbreak, demand for hospital beds will exceed capacity until the first week of December, even if temporary hospitals created at the first peak of the pandemic are reopened.
The British Government announced this Saturday that the million cases of covid-19 had been surpassed, reaching 1,1011,660 of people infected with the new coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. In the last 24 hours, 21,915 new cases were registered.
The total number of deaths with covid-19 is now 46,555 (326 in the last 24 hours), making the United Kingdom the most bereaved country in Europe, due to the pandemic.
France and Germany have also tightened restrictions measures in the face of worrying numbers of new cases of covid-19.
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