Covid cases a day warning for United Kingdom as alert level raised


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to address the country tomorrow with an update on the potential reintroduction of some lockdown measures.

From Thursday, all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues in England must close by 10pm.

- Whitty said there was a "very hard balance" to be struck between preventing the NHS from being "overwhelmed by a huge spike" in cases and a second economic lockdown that could cause unemployment, poverty and deprivation, outcomes which would bring their own "long-term health effects".

He stressed this was not a "general instruction to stay at home", telling MPs: "In key public services - and in all professions where homeworking is not possible, such as construction or retail - people should continue to attend their workplaces". The size of gatherings is being curtailed, with weddings limited to 15 people instead of 30.

On Monday, the government reported 4300 new confirmed cases, the highest number since May.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The poll, which surveyed 3,436 British adults, also found that 78% of people supported the new measures and 53% would blame themselves if the United Kingdom was overwhelmed by a second wave of cases.

Johnson stopped short of imposing another full lockdown, as he did in March, but warned that further measures could come if the disease is not suppressed. It was eased starting in June as cases began to fall, but that trend has now been reversed.

Or freezing the planned re-opening of the economy, such as a return to work in offices that the PM urged only days ago or permission for us to go to football and other sports matches and attend business exhibitions.

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Chief Executive of trade body UKHospitality Kate Nicholls said before the announcement that the restrictions were "another crushing blow" for many businesses.

In total, 45% of people said the lockdown rules "do not go far enough".

Britain has Europe's highest death toll in the pandemic, with over 41,800 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

"This virus is a fact of our lives", he said.

These measures will be ample if the government and its advisers have been scaremongering with their warnings that the second wave is upon us, which is what some credible data scientists and epidemiologists have been saying. "It's a carrot to encourage responsible behaviour".

The government is hoping to slow the spread of COVID-19, which last week pushed new cases to levels not seen since early May.

In a telecasted declaration on Monday, the UK's clinical consultant Sir Patrick Vallance stated with "cases doubling roughly every seven days", there might be 50,000 new cases a day by mid-October if the surge continues unabated.

"We are seeing a rate of increase across the great majority of the country, this is not someone else's problem". "This is all of our problem". The U.K. reported a seven-day average of 21 deaths a day last week, compared with a peak of 942 on April 10. It also said those breaking quarantines could face fines up to GBP10,000 (USD12,800). While ministers tout the record numbers of tests being performed, there are widespread reports of people having to travel hundreds of miles for tests or tests being voided because it's taking labs too long to process them.

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