The British Government does not rule out a new national confinement

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The second wave of coronavirus fully reaches the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson could impose nationwide restrictions next week. The Government is studying measures to curb the epidemic, before 6,000 new cases daily and a total of infected and hospital admissions that doubles every week.

Millions of british They are already subjected to severe restrictions on social contacts, frequentation of entertainment venues and use of public transport in increasingly large areas of the country that are particularly affected, such as the north of England. In London, where there are currently no special limitations, the infection is also spreading rapidly. The prime minister is resisting a second lockdown throughout England, like the one that was implemented last March. However, the Minister of Health, Matt Hancok, has not ruled out this possibility.

Open schools

“We will do whatever is necessary to guarantee the safety of citizens. We want to avoid a national lockdown, but we are willing to do so, if necessary “, Hancock stated. The new rules would imply the closure of hospitality establishments, such as bars and restaurants for at least a period of two weeks. Schools and workplaces would, however, remain open.

As it has transpired, the heads of the scientific team that advises the Government, Chris Witty and Patrick Vallance, participated in a meeting on Wednesday in Downing Street (the prime minister’s office), to warn that there may be a significant number of deaths in the middle of next month, if more severe measures are not taken, given the unstoppable course of the epidemic.

A day later it was the turn of the finance minister, Rishi Sunak, who in turn warned about the impact that another stop would have on the already battered economy, in the event of a new confinement. A bolt that would be catastrophic, according to Johnson himself declared a few days ago.

Increase in intensive care

The Government is looking for a formula to keep the economy open and at the same time stop contagion. More than 10 million Britons are currently in local lockdown. “We are seeing very clear signs of how (the virus) is spreading, among all age groups.”stated Dr. Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England. “I am particularly concerned about the increase in hospital admissions and intensive care among the elderly. This can be a warning that things are going to get a lot worse. ”

Criticism rains down on the Government for the shortage of tests and the failures of a centralized system, that sometimes sends people with symptoms hundreds of miles away for testing. Health or teaching professionals have been forced to isolate themselves when someone in their environment has tested positive, without the possibility of taking the test and returning to work.

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