Coronavirus: Unions call on Johnson for clearer workplace guidance

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday at No. 10 Downing St. that "it's not for government to decide how employers should run their companies and whether they want their workers in the office or not".

The government announced the restrictions after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "interim steps" were needed to avoid another general lockdown. "And nor do I feel we will be in that situation again", he reported. But he said that for three weeks, the number of cases identified through testing each day has been below 1,000.

He also said the government had given local authorities new powers to close specific premises, shut outdoor spaces and cancel events to control outbreaks.

The measures are part of a wider plan to get "significant return to normality in time for Christmas", with Johnson saying he wants to "hope for the best, but plan for the worst".

"We're planning for the worst", he said.

"If we return to people sort of normal behaviours, the virus will arrive back incredibly rapidly", he claimed.

"It's possible that the virus will be more virulent in the winter months, and it's certain that the NHS will face the usual annual winter pressures", Johnson said.

While pubs and restaurants reopened in early July, the conservative leader thus encouraged the English to resume public transport on Friday and encouraged them to return to their place of work from 1 August, relying on employers to determine whether employees should continue teleworking or return to the office. "But we should hope for the best, looking ahead with optimism".

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But after reopening the economy in May, it appears he declared victory too early and there has been a sharp spike in infections. The polls come as Netanyahu's popularity continues to plummet amid a massive spike in infections.

Johnson said that from August 1 he would scrap official guidance that encouraged people to work from home and instead give employers the power to decide whether it was safe for workers to return.

We asked whether or not you would feel comfortable returning to work next month following the government's announcements that businesses could ask employees to come back.

With plans afoot for England to feature in an eight-team tournament that will include the Six Nations countries, the RFU believes it can safely cater for 40,000 people at Twickenham if social distancing measures are kept at one-metre.

The Prime Minister said it was his "strong and honest hope" that social distancing would come to an end in England in time for Christmas, while suggesting more close contact between families could be allowed sooner.

Britain has registered more than 45,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, the highest total in Europe.

What this means is that, currently, if a person has previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 but dies of unrelated causes, their death is still counted as a coronavirus death.

Meanwhile, the UK's National Statistician Professor has said a V-shaped economic recovery after coronavirus is still possible.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Saturday, said the stadiums in England will soon allow spectators to witness some sports events.

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