The British Prime Minister, the Conservative Boris Johson, is about to announce this Tuesday in Parliament and in a television speech forceful restrictive measures to limit the extension of the coronavirus. Work from home and close bars and restaurants at 10 pm They are two of a broader list with the aim of bending the growing contagion curve.
He coronavirus spreads out of control in the UK. The country is at a critical point and at the current rate there may be 50,000 new cases a day in mid-October and “around 200 daily deaths a month later.” They made it known, in an exceptional message to the nation televised live from Downing Street’s official residence, the two main scientific advisers of the British Government, Patrick Wallance and Chris Whitty.
Both confirmed that a restriction plan that will last until spring to bend the contagion curve. “We have to look at this as a problem for the next six months, we have to deal with collectively, “Whitty said.” In an epidemic, we cannot each take our own risk. Risk is also taken on behalf of others. It’s important that we see all of this as something we must do collectively.
According to scientists, the number of infections is currently doubling “more or less every seven days”. On Sunday, the number of new affected by the virus in the last 24 hours was 3,899. “Cases are on the rise, hospitalizations are lagging and what will come next unfortunately will be deaths. All of this can potentially happen very quickly,” said Professor Wallance. “Of course, the challenge now is that these infections do not double every seven days”, something that requires “action” and “speed” to ensure that the UK does not enter “exponential growth”.
Johnson discussed the new restrictions over the phone with officials from the regional governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Everything seems ready for the imposition of more extreme social limitations, although a national lockdown is not expected, at least for now. From Scotland, the Chief Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, warned that “additional restrictions will almost certainly be introduced in a matter of days.”
In a confidential Scottish Government document leaked to the press, local lockdowns are contemplated during the school holidays next month, travel and transportation limitations, as well as the closure of playgrounds and hairdressers.