LONDON, ENGLAND – Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the virtual briefing.
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The UK will impose a second national lockdown when coronavirus infections are widespread in the UK, shutting down all unnecessary businesses but leaving schools open for the next four weeks as the country tries to try to stop the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday.
Johnson says people will have to stay home unless it̵7;s for essential purposes, including education, healthcare or grocery shopping. Bars, bars and restaurants must be closed except for take-out and delivery.
Some industries that cannot work from home, like construction and manufacturing, will continue. The shutdown will take effect from Thursday and end on December 2, he said.
“Now is the time to act because there is no alternative,” Johnson said.
The move from Downing Street follows similar announcements from Germany and France this week, which also announced a new nationwide shutdown in an effort to gain control of the growing spread of coronavirus ahead of the holiday season.
The UK is reporting more than 22,600 Covid-19 cases based on a weekly average – much higher than the first peak in the spring when it reported an average of 4,800 new cases, according to data analysis by CNBC compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland impose their own pandemic policy.
For weeks, Johnson, who tested positive and was hospitalized with the coronavirus earlier this year, called against the “misery of a national shutdown” and instead applied more local restrictions.
The UK has operated under a recently published three-tier reopening system that classifies areas based on the severity of their infection rates, with different restrictions per level. .
In mid-October, the World Health Organization warned that outbreaks in Europe were “disturbing” as the number of existing special-care beds continued to decline. Now, it seems likely that hospitalizations and deaths in the UK may rise to levels not seen during a pandemic.
Government chief scientific advisor Patrick Vallance said during Saturday’s press conference that predictive models suggest the number of Covid-19 deaths in the country could be “twice as bad or worse” than the first wave in the coming winter months.
The models suggest that if actions are not taken, the UK’s National Health Service, or the NHS, could exceed peak utilization in its hospitals by the end of November and the public Extra bed rates will hit their peak in December, Vallance said.
“We’ll get past this, but we have to act now to curb the rise of this fall. We’re not going back to the full March and April closures,” said Johnson. to speak. “The measures I’ve outlined are less restrictive, less restrictive, but I’m afraid that from Thursday the basic message will remain the same: Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
The London School of Sanitation epidemiologist John Edmunds, a member of the government’s scientific advisory group, said on Saturday that cases were “significantly higher” than a worst-case scenario. reasonable.
Correction: Measures announced by Prime Minister Johnson will end on December 2. An earlier version of this story was dated.