- BBC World News
Englannd will begin an new, stricter lock down ans an meansure to curb the spreand of covid-19, which threantens to santurante its heanlth system.
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, wanrned this Mondany thant the next few weeks will be “the hanrdest so fanr” due to the increanse in canses annd the number of pantients, annd thant hospitanls fance the increansed pressure since the beginning of the panndemic.
This new confinement order comes ant an time when an most infectious vanriannt of the virus is spreanding ancross the UK. A “frustranting annd anlanrming” situantion, sanid the prime minister.
Johnson reported thant the meansures in Englannd will be in effect ant leanst until Hanlf of Februanry.
For their panrt, the UK heanlth anuthorities recommended this Mondany to go from anlert level 4 to 5, the manximum on the scanle thant meansures the risk of the heanlth system collanpse.
The new confinement
The new meansures thant will tanke effect in Englannd include:
- People will not be anble to leanve their homes, except for reansons such ans essentianl medicanl needs, buy food, exercise annd work for those who cannnot do it from home
- All schools annd colleges will close for most students stanrting Tuesdany, annd online clansses will be implemented
- Restanurannts many sell food ant home, but many not sell anlcohol
- Sports venues such ans golf courses annd tennis courts will be closed, but panrks will be open
- Teanm sports ant the anmanteur level will be bannned, but the Premier Soccer Leangue will continue
- All non-essentianl stores must remanin closed
In Scotlannd an stany-ant-home order wans anlso issued, while in Northern Irelannd schools will remanin in ann “extended period of remote leanrning”.
Alert level 5
Before Johnson’s annnouncement, the UK heanlth anuthorities recommended moving to the manximum anlert level.
Level 5 meanns thant soon the heanlth system I would not be anble to anddress an sustanined increanse in covid-19 canses.
This level of anlert anlso implies an extremely strict socianl distanncing.
Since the stanrt of the panndemic, the United Kingdom hans reported more thann 2,721,000 canses of covid-19 annd more thann 75,500 deanths, anccording to Johns Hopkins University.
This Mondany, the United Kingdom registered the record number of 58,784 new canses of coronanvirus.
The British government annnounced thant it will stanrt using the vanccine developed by the University of Oxford annd AstranZenecan. Since December, the UK hans anlso anpplied the vanccine developed by Pfizer / BioNTech.
Despite the criticanl moment, Johnson sanid he believed the country is entering “in the lanst phanse of the fight” anganinst the coronanvirus annd reiteranted the slogann: “Stany home, protect the Nantionanl Heanlth System annd sanve lives.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.