The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will order pubs, bars and restaurants in England to close at ten at night from Thursday, to try to stop the increase in coronavirus infections.
Johnson will convene his emergency committee on Tuesday, which includes his top ministers and the heads of UK regional governments, and will deliver a speech to the nation to explain the New measures against the virus at 8:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. GMT), according to Downing Street, the prime minister’s official office.
High level of transmission
Faced with the expansion of pandemic, the British Executive has raised the level of alert from the third level to the fourth, on a scale of five, which reflects a “high risk of transmission” and the need for measures of “social distance”.
In addition to the imposition of an early closure, the new restrictions will prevent that in the establishments of English hospitality It can be ordered or consumed at the bar, and the service will be restricted to the tables.
Johnson, who also plans to appear before the House of Commons on Tuesday, will insist in his speech on the need to continue to comply with current guidelines on social distance, hygiene and use of masks.
“No one underestimates the challenge that the new measures will pose for many individuals and deals. We know it will not be easy, but we must take more steps to control the resurgence of virus cases and protect the NHS (national health system), “a Downing Street spokesman said in a statement.
Since last week, England has banned social gatherings of more than six people, both indoors and outdoors.
50,000 infections daily
The new measures come after government scientific advisers have warned that the United Kingdom can reach 50,000 daily infections of COVID-19 in mid-October if concrete steps are not taken to curb infections.
The cases of the disease are doubling every seven days and, without additional restrictions, the speed of spread will continue to accelerate in the coming weeks, experts have warned.
He UK registered 4,368 new cases of coronavirus and eleven deaths on Monday, up to a total of 41,788 deaths since the pandemic began.