British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a month-long lockdown in the UK, amid growing fears of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 patients have reached more than a million.
The prime minister said the move was necessary to avoid a “medical and moral catastrophe” due to the growing number of victims in the country and the burden on the National Health Service.
In this country, as across much of Europe, the virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst case scenario of our scientific advisers.
If we fail to take action, then there is a real risk of depriving non-Covid patients of the care that they need from the NHS (1/10)
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 31, 2020
He said unnecessary shops, restaurants and bars would remain closed from Thursday, but schools, colleges and universities would remain open unlike in the spring.
He said that the restrictions imposed under the recent lockdown would be relaxed from December 2 and normalcy would be restored in the areas under a phased system.
Christmas celebrations during Covid-19
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson said: “Christmas in the country will be a little different this year, maybe a lot different, but I sincerely hope that by taking drastic measures we will bring families across the country together on Christmas eve. Hopefully, We will be able to allow them to come together.
The prime minister told a news conference in his office on Ten Downing Street that he was “deeply sorry and saddened” by the impact of the move on business. But he said the government had extended the system of paying 80 per cent of employees’ salaries until November.
He said hospitals in the south-west of England, where the number of Corona victims was the lowest, would be filled in weeks.
“Doctors and nurses will be forced to decide which patients should be treated, who should be given oxygen and who should not, who should be saved and who should not,” Johnson said.
Under the current lockdown restrictions, restaurants will be allowed to continue “take away” service, while pubs, bars and restaurants will be closed to customers, and the public will be allowed to meet only one person outside their homes.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who chaired the cabinet meeting on Saturday, will address parliament on Monday.
It should be noted that coronavirus was confirmed in 21915 more people in the UK on Saturday, after which the total number of infected people in the country has reached one million 11 thousand 660.
The United Kingdom is the ninth country in the world after the United States, India, Brazil, France, Russia, Spain, Argentina and Colombia, where the number of Corona victims has exceeded one million. However, due to the lack of testing at the beginning of the epidemic in the country, it is thought that the number of corona victims in the country may be higher.