British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday introduced that the UK authorities can be reimposing a nationwide lockdown in England for one month after the nation crossed the 1 million Covid-19 cases-mark and second wave of coronavirus infections appeared extremely doubtless.
The United Kingdom, which has the largest official demise toll in Europe from Covid-19, is grappling with greater than 20,000 new coronavirus instances a day and scientists have warned the “worst case” state of affairs of 80,000 useless might be exceeded.
Johnson, at a swiftly convened information convention in Downing Street after information of a lockdown leaked to native media, mentioned that the one-month lockdown throughout England would kick in at a minute previous midnight on Thursday morning and final till Dec. 2.
In a few of the most onerous restrictions in Britain’s peacetime historical past, folks will solely be allowed to depart house for particular causes resembling schooling, work, train, looking for necessities and medicines or caring for the weak.
“Now is the time to take action because there is no alternative,” Johnson mentioned, flanked by his chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, and his chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance.
The authorities will revive its emergency coronavirus wage subsidy scheme to make sure employees who’re quickly laid off throughout a brand new England-wide lockdown obtain 80% of their pay.
Essential retailers, colleges, and universities will stay open, Johnson mentioned. Pubs and eating places can be shut other than for takeaways. All non-essential retail will shut.
Johnson’s imposition of stricter curbs got here after scientists warned the outbreak was going within the improper route and that motion was wanted to halt the unfold of the virus if households had been to have any hope of gathering at Christmas.
Johnson was criticised by political opponents for shifting too slowly into the primary nationwide lockdown, which stretched from March 23 to July 4. He fell ailing with Covid in late March and was hospitalised in early April.
The measures deliver England into alignment with France and Germany by imposing nationwide restrictions virtually as extreme as those that drove the worldwide financial system this 12 months into its deepest recession in generations.
So far the United Kingdom has reported 46,555 Covid-19 deaths – outlined as these dying inside 28 days of a optimistic check. A broader demise measure of these with Covid-19 on their demise certificates provides the toll as 58,925.
The United Kingdom has the world’s fifth-largest official demise toll, after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico, in keeping with a Johns Hopkins University tally.