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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that due to the rampant coronavirus cases in the UK, England will adopt a second nationwide lockdown to close all irrelevant businesses. However, due to an attempt to suppress the virus, it will continue The school will be open for the next four weeks.
Johnson said at a press conference in London that people will be ordered to stay at home unless it is for basic purposes, including education, medical reasons or shopping. Bars, bars and restaurants must be closed, except for take-out and delivery.
Some industries that cannot work from home, such as construction and manufacturing, will continue. He said the lockdown will take effect from Thursday and will end on December 2.
Johnson said: “Now is the time to take action, because there is no choice.”
Before the relocation from Downing Street, Germany and France also announced similar announcements this week. They also announced a new nationwide ban in order to control the worsening and spread of the coronavirus before the holiday.
CNBC’s analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University shows that the UK reports more than 22,600 Covid-19 cases every week, which is much higher than the average level reported in the spring (4,800 cases). The first peak. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland implement their own pandemic policies.
Johnson has been positive for several weeks and was hospitalized for coronavirus treatment earlier this year.
England has been operating under the recently announced three-level reopening system, which classifies regions according to the severity of the infection rate, and each level has different restrictions.
The World Health Organization warned in mid-October that the European epidemic was “causing concern” as the number of intensive care beds continued to decrease. It now appears that the number of hospitalizations and deaths in the UK may rise to levels never seen before the pandemic.
The government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, said at a press conference on Saturday that the forecast model indicated that the number of deaths from Covid-19 in the country could be “more than doubled compared to the first wave of the upcoming winter. Or even higher”.
The model shows that if no measures are taken, the National Health Service (NHS) may exceed the peak usage of its hospitals by the end of November, and the extra bed capacity will reach its peak by December.
Johnson said: “We will weather the storm, but we must act now to curb the surge in the fall. We will not return to the full lockdown in March and April.” “The measures I outlined are not so strict, nor so. Strict, but from Thursday, I’m afraid the basic message is the same: stay at home, protect the national health service and save lives.”
John Edmunds, an epidemiologist at the London School of Health, who is a member of the government’s scientific advisory panel, said on Saturday that the number of cases was “significantly higher” than the reasonable worst-case scenario.
Correction: The measures announced by Prime Minister Johnson will end on December 2. The previous version of this story is undated.