Further easing of blocking restrictions in England ̵1; due this weekend – has been postponed for at least two weeks after the increase in coronavirus cases.
Casinos and bowling alleys will remain closed, as Boris Johnson said it was time to “depress the brake pedal.”
Face covering will be mandatory in more indoor environments, such as cinemas.
English chief physician Chris Christy has warned the UK that he may have reached restrictions on restrictions.
Prof. Whitty, who appeared with the prime minister at a special briefing in Downing Street, said that “the idea that we can open everything and keep the virus under control” is wrong.
Asked if it was safe for English schools to be fully open to all students again in the autumn, he said it was a “difficult balancing act”, but “we are probably close to the limit or limits of what we can do to open up. . ‘ “
In a lecture, Mr Johnson said the planned changes to the guidelines for those protecting during the pandemic and employers’ councils would continue.
The reassessment of the release of the English lock results from new restrictions for people in parts of northern England following the sharp outbreak of viruses.
The prime minister said that progress in the fight against coronaviruses was continuing, with the number of deaths declining daily and weekly, but warned that some European countries were “fighting” for its control. The United Kingdom must be prepared to “respond”, he said.
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Data released by the Bureau of National Statistics (ONS) on Friday suggest that the infection rate in England is rising, with around 4,200 new infections a day – compared with 3,200 a week ago.
ONS estimates for daily cases – based on a sample of households completing swab tests – are higher than for laboratory-confirmed cases reported by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHSC) because they include asymptomatic people who would not otherwise have applied for the test.
Johnson highlighted ONS figures, adding: “The prevalence of the virus in the English community is likely to rise for the first time since May.”
He said that when “listening to numbers”, it was time to “depress the brake pedal to keep the virus under control.”
He urged people to “follow the rules, wash their hands, cover our faces, keep their distance – and get a test if we have symptoms,” he summed up the advice with the slogan: “Hands, face, space, take a test.”
Another 120 people died with Covid-19 in the UK, according to the latest DHSC data, bringing the total number of virus deaths to 46,119. In the meantime, 880 new laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported.
Cases in England are growing for the first time since May.
Data from ONS suggest that there are approximately 4,200 new infections per day compared to 3,200 new weeks.
It is not a return to the peak of the epidemic in March, but it is said.
Any restriction we alleviate increases the ability of the coronavirus to spread, and government scientific advisers have always warned that there is not much room to remove and suppress restrictions.
The increase in infection is a warning that we have already exceeded the lifting block limit.
That is why Boris Johnson has delayed some of the planned lifting of restrictions in England and face masks will become more common.
The main question remains around schools. If the current rules lead to an increase in the number of cases, can we also open schools? If we open schools, do we have to close something else?
It is worth noting that all this happens in July, and scientists suspect that the virus will spread more easily in the winter months.
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Johnson said the planned reopening of the “higher risk environment” on August 1 will be delayed by at least 14 days.
This means that the following will not be possible until 15 August at the earliest:
- reopening of casinos, bowling alleys, ice rink and remaining close contact services
- internal performances
pilots of larger assemblies in sports and conference centers
- extension of wedding receptions up to 30 people
cosmetic treatments relating to the face, such as eyelashes, eyebrows and threads
Fans took part in the Snooker World Championships when it started on Friday as part of a pilot who was testing the return of larger crowds to sports venues. The tournament will continue without spectators at least until August 15, when the start of the final is scheduled.
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Neil White, 51, of Chorley, Lancashire, owns a wedding photography business. Of the 44 weddings he planned for this year, only three bookings remain. “I think I’m talking to the rest of the wedding industry that there are a lot of worries and stresses from the future,” he said.
Mr White said that while businesses such as pubs and restaurants could reopen, businesses in the wedding sector appeared to have been “dusted under the rug”, although “itching to return to work.”
“If it continues until next year, many companies will close,” he added.
The British Beauty Council said the changes were “very disappointing for the industry, which has already experienced a delay after the reopening delay”.
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Separately, facials will be mandatory in indoor environments where people are likely to come into contact with people they do not know, such as museums and services, from next weekend. They are already required in shops, banks, airports and other internal transport hubs.
The Prime Minister said that the rules on face coating will be legally enforceable from 8 August.
However, he said the plan to suspend the protection of those most vulnerable to the virus would continue from Saturday.
This means that approximately 2.2 million people who have isolated themselves in England during a pandemic can return to work if they cannot work from home as long as their workplace is safe at Covid.
According to the plan, the advice for employers will also change from the beginning of August, said Mr. Johnson.
The latest announcement came shortly after the introduction of new blocking rules in parts of northern England, including Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire. These rules include a ban on meeting separate households in households and private gardens.
The changes come as Muslim communities prepare to celebrate Eid this weekend, and almost four weeks after the restrictions are lifted in England – allowing people to meet for the first time indoors since late March.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said the government had made the “right decision” over the new rules for parts of northern England, urging him to “improve” what he called “extremely bad” communication.
Ministers said that police forces and councils would have the power to enforce the new rules.
In further key developments:
- Pubs and restaurants in Leicester, which has seen its first local lock in the UK, will reopen on Monday as more restrictions have been lifted in the city.
- A 14-year-old girl is being treated for a life-threatening illness after her family seriously neglected it during a “blockade”. The High Court Family Family Department was asked to intervene to take care of the child
Thousands descended to the beaches of Bournemouth, Brighton and Poole, prompting some local councils to warn tourists to stay away
- Tory MP Craig Whittaker defended his claim that some Muslims in West Yorkshire “do not take the pandemic seriously.”
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