British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street, London, England on October 13, 2020.
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Pressure is mounting on the UK government to impose a strict, short, mini-lockdown on coronaviruses known as “circuit breakers”.
Opposition Labor leader Kierkegaard Starmer added to the call for a two- to three-week lockdown of scientists in the country as an infection rocket.
Stars accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of ignoring expert advice after reports surfaced on Tuesday that the country should go to a mini-national lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus, the government’s chief scientific adviser said on Tuesday.
The labor leader said the government’s current plan – which included the Covid-19 “warning system” that was introduced on Monday, and which determines the level of risk according to their infection rate in areas of England – was “not working.”
He told a press conference on Tuesday that the now-introduced “circuit breaker” could rob the school of its mid-term holiday in late October, but would require “significant sacrifices”.
The mini-down kadown does not include schools, but Starrer said, but will only allow travel and work from home if possible. The domestic mix will be limited to one home and pubs, bars and rest restaurants will be closed for two to three weeks, as well as Parliament will return to remote work, Starmer said.
The call for further action comes as parts of the country are already under local lockdown, with domestic mixing banned in indoor settings. Much of England is at a “moderate” risk level, however, which means there are basic restrictions, not limiting social gatherings to more than six people and forcing pubs and rest restaurants to close at 10pm.
Strict lockdown measures were implemented in the northern city of Liverpool on Wednesday, as it was placed in the “very high” warning category by the government amid an increase in infections there. Pubs and bars that do not serve must be closed, as well as gyms, leisure centers, betting shops, adult gambling centers and casinos. Mixing indoors or indoors is prohibited and travel to and from areas considered “too high” is not advisable.
Despite pressure on the government, Johnson and senior lawmakers were reluctant to introduce a full lockdown for fear of further economic losses.
However, one government minister ruled out the possibility of another nationwide lockdown. “I don’t think the prime minister wants to land on a national lockdown, but he is being advised by scientists – he makes that decision,” Work and Pensions Secretary Theresa Coffey told Sky on Wednesday.
Bars opens its doors on the final night in Liverpool, north-west England, on October 12, 2020, before the introduction of the new local take-down action.
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Papers published on Monday showed that the Scientific Emergency Advisory Group for Emergency (SAG), which provides scientific advice to the government in times of crisis, advised the government to move forward with sanctions – and suggested a lockdown three weeks ago. They suggested mixing indoors and closing all bars, restaurants, cafes, indoor gyms and hairdressers.
U.S. Has the third highest number of infections in Europe, after Spain and France, with 637,08 confirmed cases and more than 43,000 deaths, the worst figures in Europe, according to Johns Hopkins University.
A further 17,234 people tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, up from 13,972 reported on Monday, according to UK government figures. Infections reached a seven-day average of 14,972 on Oct. 10, up from 11,994 a week earlier.