Coronavirus in Britain: fear of an uncontrolled rise in the death toll

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This was noticed by British Government Deputy Medical Adviser Jonathan Van-Tam. He said that if no action is taken, the country will return to March levels and hospitals will be saturated.

British Government Deputy Medical Adviser Jonathan Van-Tam warned that the UK faces an exponential increase in deaths if precautions are not taken to contain the advance of the coronavirus.

In a statement, Van-Tam points out that “the (winter) season is against us,” and the country is at “a turning point” in which, if the restrictions are ignored, it would reach the same level of infections as at the beginning of the pandemic in March.

Millions of people in the north of England eagerly await to know how much more will the restrictions be tightened to curb new cases of coronavirus, after one of the British government’s top medical advisers warned on Sunday that the country is at a crucial juncture in the second wave of the disease.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, stated that the UK is at a “critical moment similar to what we were in March”, following a sharp increase in new cases of COVID-19.

“But we can prevent history from repeating itself if we all act now,” he said. “Now we know where it is and how to approach it; Let’s seize this opportunity and prevent history repeating itself. ”

Across Europe, including the UK, there have been huge increases in coronavirus cases in recent weeks after the reopening of large sectors of the economy, as well as schools. Infections and deaths in the UK are increasing at the fastest rate in months.

There is a fear that, if action is not taken quickly, British hospitals they will be overwhelmed in the coming weeks at a time of year when they are already more busy with winter-related ailments like the flu. The UK has so far experienced the deadliest virus outbreak in Europe, with more than 42,825 deaths, after adding another 65 on Sunday.

Although new infections are on the rise across England, northern cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle have seen a disproportionate increase. While some rural areas in eastern England have fewer than 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, major metropolitan areas such as Manchester record nlevels above 500 per 100,000, almost as bad as Madrid or Brussels.

In response to the resurgence of the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Monday a new three-level lockdown system that could temporarily close pubs and restaurants in places hardest hit by the epidemic. It is conjectured that the areas subject to the strictest restrictions will prohibit all coexistence with neighbors or relatives who live in other houses, both indoors and outdoors.

Mayors of northern cities like Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle threatened on Saturday with taking legal action if the Executive does not improve the financial aid it has offered before the planned closure of “pubs”, bars and restaurants, among other leisure establishments, in their territories.

The Minister of Economy, Rishi Sunak, announced on Friday that the Government will pay 67% of the salary of the employees affected by the temporary closure of businesses – compared to the 80% that applies from the national lockdown in March until the end of this month- , which the municipal leaders consider “insufficient”.

The tightening of restrictions is intended to slow the advance of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, where eOn Saturday, 15,166 new infections were registered, up to 590,844, with 42,760 deaths, after adding 81 in 24 hours. There are 3,837 hospitalized patients, 442 in intensive care.

Source: AP and EFE

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