British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the British on Tuesday to announce new restrictions in the face of the rapid spread of the emerging coronavirus, including encouraging remote work and closing bars at ten in the evening.

The British Prime Minister, who faced criticism for being late in declaring a lockdown in the country last March, warned last week that “it must be tough now” to avoid re-imposing complete isolation measures and saving the Christmas season.

He will address Parliament at noon on Tuesday before giving a televised address at 19:00 GMT.

And the British government announced in a statement on Monday evening that Johnson “will confirm that bars and restaurants will close at ten in the evening from Thursday” in England.

She added that the number of people in these institutions will also be reduced, and other measures will be announced in detail that confirms “the role that everyone can play to stop the spread” of the epidemic.

Before his interventions, Johnson will hold a meeting with his ministers as well as the prime ministers of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to adopt a common approach with them. And every British province decides its measures to combat the epidemic.

‘Hard hit’
According to the “Daily Telegraph” newspaper, it is among the measures that Johnson will announce, to delay the return of the public to sports matches and to close the concert halls.

After urging the British to return to work to contribute to reviving the economy, the government changed its stance on working remotely. British Minister Michael Gove told Sky News Tuesday, “If people can work from home, we encourage them to do so.”
The restrictions have angered the hotel industry, and Kate Nicholas, general manager of UK Hospitality, has spoken of a “new hard hit.”

The local restrictions have mainly intensified in the past weeks to combat the spread of the virus, and they cover more than ten million Britons.

The government hopes that imposing complete national isolation will not be used except as a last resort, given its devastating consequences for an economy that has been mainly affected by isolation with the first wave of the epidemic.

On Monday, medical officials in four British regions raised the alert level related to the virus to 4 compared to 3 since June, which means the level of spread “is high or increases very rapidly.”

The government’s scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, warned Monday in a televised speech that Britain, the worst-affected country in Europe with 42,000 deaths, is recording a “double-digit increase in cases every seven days.”

He added that if the epidemic continues this trend, “we will reach 50 thousand cases per day by mid-October” compared to six thousand currently, according to estimates, and this situation may lead to “200 deaths per day or more in mid-November.”

At the height of the virus outbreak, Britain recorded a thousand deaths daily.

For his part, Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer in charge of England, said, “If we do not change the direction the virus will spread at an accelerated pace. It is the way we are taking.”

 

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