Coronavirus in Britain: for Boris Johnson, a second wave is “inevitable”

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The prime minister pointed out that the pandemic is accelerating, as in other countries in Europe. New restrictions in various regions of the kingdom.

A second wave of coronavirus infections in the UK now seems “inevitable” and is already underway in other countries, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted on Friday.

He said this while visiting a vaccine research center in Oxford on the day his government announced its joining the Covax global cooperation program.

“We are obviously following the acceleration of the pandemic closely with developments in recent days, and there is no question, as I warned several weeks ago, that we can expect a second wave on the way,” Johnson admitted.

A wave “that we already see in France, Spain and the rest of Europe and that – I fear – it is absolutely inevitable that we will see it also reach this country,” he concluded.

For his part, Health Minister Matt Hancock warned: “We want to avoid a national lockdown but we are prepared to do so if necessary.”

In dialogue with the BBC network, the minister remarked: “We are prepared to do whatever is necessary both to protect lives and to protect the economy.”

While, restrictions on partial closure are extended in Britain, in the context of the alarm about the upward trend in coronavirus infections, as well as hospitalizations.

In fact, the Johnson administration announced a tightening as of next Tuesday also in additional northern, central and western England territories such as Lancashire (excluding the city of Blackpool), Merseyside (i.e. the area around Liverpool), a further part of the Midlands (including Wolverhampton) and part of West Yorkshire.

In total, adding these areas to those included in the measures in force today in Newcastle, Sunderland and surroundings, as well as in those of a few weeks in Leicester, Birmingham, Bolton and in some areas of Scotland and Wales, the people affected by the new restrictions they increase to about 12 million.

The restrictions envisaged in these localized measures, stricter than those currently in force at the national level, include the reintroduction of the prohibition of any private social contact, outdoors or outside the home cohabiting, in addition to a stricter limitation of the hours of restaurants, pubs and cafes.

It is also indicated not to use public transport except for “essential needs” such as going to work or school.

Another measure that came back was avoid amateur sporting events as spectators, as well as the recommendation to travel outside the areas of residence, if necessary, only with one’s own family and without being able to visit relatives residing elsewhere for private reasons.

However, other constraints that had been imposed on the whole of the UK for three months in the spring, at the time of blanket closure (albeit more flexibly than other countries), during the deadliest phase of a pandemic that officially caused around 42,000 deaths.

In this context, there was a new rebound in infections in the United Kingdom, according to data updated this Friday by the government, with 4,322 cases diagnosed in the last 24 hours, while daily tests now exceed 230,000.

Deaths also increased (27 against 21 on Thursday) and hospital admissions, which were just over a thousand in total in the country (against 988 counted the previous day).

Source: ANSA and AFP

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