LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that a new one-month lockdown will be imposed on England after the country was warned that if severe action is not taken, the resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak will be Flooded the hospital within a few weeks.
On the day the UK passed 1 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, Johnson suddenly turned his face and confirmed that strict restrictions on business and daily life will begin on Thursday and continue until December 2.
He said at a television news conference that “there is no responsible prime minister” to ignore the severe numbers.
Johnson said: “Unless we take action, we may see thousands of people die every day in this country,”
Under the new restrictions, bars and restaurants can only provide takeaway services, unnecessary shops must be closed, and people can only leave their homes for brief reasons including sports. Activities from haircuts to holidays abroad must be suspended again.
Unlike the initial three-month lockdown period in the UK earlier this year, schools, universities, construction sites and manufacturing companies will remain open.
As in other European countries, after the relaxation of lockdown measures in the summer, the number of virus cases in the United Kingdom began to increase, and people began to return to work, schools, universities and social life.
Johnson had hoped that the series of regional restrictions introduced in early October would be enough to keep this number down. However, the government scientific consultant predicts that according to the current trajectory of the epidemic, even if the temporary hospitals established during the first peak of the virus reopen, the demand for hospital beds will exceed the demand by the first week of December.
Johnson is under increasing pressure to ask scientists to warn that Covid-19 is hospitalized. The death toll in the UK may soon exceed the level at the peak of the spring outbreak, when the daily death toll exceeded 1,000. As European countries such as France, Germany and Belgium impose blockades again in the face of a surge in the number of cases, Johnson will inevitably follow suit.
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 incidence of cases “much higher than” the reasonable worst-case scenario proposed by the modelers.
Edmunds told the BBC: “Unfortunately, it’s unimaginable now that we don’t have tens of thousands of people killed as a result.” “The problem is, if we take radical action now, This number will drop to tens of thousands; if we don’t take action, it will be tens of thousands?”
Official figures released on Saturday recorded 21,915 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number in the UK since the pandemic began to 1,011,660. The number of deaths from the coronavirus in the UK is 46,555, the highest in Europe, with 326 deaths announced on Saturday.
According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, the United States, India, Brazil, Russia, France, Spain, Argentina and Colombia have also recorded more than 1 million cases. Scientists say the number of real cases is much higher because not all people infected with the virus have been tested.
The new measures apply to England. Other parts of the UK have formulated their own public health measures. Wales and Northern Ireland have effectively blocked Scotland under a series of strict regional restrictions, and Scotland has effectively adopted blockade measures.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, said on Saturday that at present, Scots should not “travel to and from England unless for basic purposes.”
Opposition Labor Party business spokesperson Lucy Powell (Lucy Powell) accused the government of “shaking” and said that compared with Johnson’s early action, the country currently faces a longer lock-in period.
But Johnson is also under pressure from some members of the Conservative Party. Because of the economic losses they have caused, they oppose stricter restrictions. Any new lock-in measures need to be approved by Parliament in a vote scheduled for Wednesday.
Since the first lockdown, business owners, who have been struggling, say the impact of the new closure will be devastating.
Kate Nicholls of Hospitality UK, the bar and restaurant industry group, said: “People spend a lot of money to get Covid guarantees. They spend a lot of money.” Three to four weeks. “
The government plans to pay millions of employees on leave during the pandemic. The plan will end on Saturday but will be extended during the new shutdown.
Johnson originally planned to announce a blockade of Congress on Monday, but after the news was reported in the Times of London, Johnson was forced to take early action. The government said it would investigate the leak.
The UK records more than 20,000 new coronavirus infections every day, and government statisticians say the true number is much higher. The National Bureau of Statistics estimated on Friday that by the week of October 23, 1 in 100 people in England would have been infected with the virus, more than 500,000.
Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Foundation’s medical research charity and government adviser, said that quick action will prevent more deaths.
He tweeted: “The best time to act is a month ago, but these are very difficult decisions, and we all want to avoid them.” “Now is the second best time.”