The corona infection numbers in Great Britain are skyrocketing. Prime Minister Johnson wants to introduce stricter rules again. It is known in advance: pubs and restaurants have to close earlier. A government advisor expects significantly more deaths soon. The British government is tightening the restrictions in the catering trade due to the sharp increase in the number of corona infections across England. From Thursday, all restaurants, pubs and bars have to close at 10 p.m., as the government in London has now announced. Also in the catering facilities it is only allowed to serve at the table. These regulations are part of a new package of measures against the corona virus, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to present on Tuesday. In some regions of northern and central England, such restrictions in the catering industry are already in force. The new nationwide measures are necessary to “keep the rise in virus cases under control,” said a government spokesman. The UK government is only responsible for infection control measures in England. However, it is expected that the rest of the United Kingdom – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – will also impose new corona restrictions shortly.
200 deaths per day expected in November
The heads of health services across the UK had raised the corona alert level from three to four. Level four means that the virus is transmitted to an “increased” extent or that the infection rate increases “in an exponential manner”. The new coronavirus infections recorded daily in the UK could reach 50,000 by mid-October, the government’s scientific adviser Patrick Vallance warned in a televised address. They are currently around 6,000. The daily number of corona deaths could rise to around 200 cases by mid-November if the situation continues to worsen at the same pace, Vallance said.
“This is the problem for all of us”
The top physician in England, Chris Whitty, compared the situation with that in Spain and France, where the number of new corona infections doubled every seven days. He urged the population to adhere to the rules of distance. “This is not anyone’s problem. This is the problem for all of us,” he said. Great Britain is the country most severely affected by the corona pandemic in Europe. According to official statistics, almost 42,000 people have already died there as a result of the infection. After the infection process slowed down temporarily in the summer months, the number of new infections every day has been rising rapidly for some time.
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