Lockdown for New Virus outbreak in the UK
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown in all parts of England on Monday. This will affect nearly 56 million people in England.
This preventive measure of lockdown is a result of an increase in the hospital admissions for the new variant of Corona virus-infected cases.
Earlier this year, the UK government announced flight operations from UK to other parts of the globe.
It was reported that more than 80,000 people were tested positive in just 24 hours. On Monday, 407 virus-related deaths pushed the confirmed death toll total to 75,431, one of the worst in Europe.
Hours earlier, the lockdown announcement by the UK government, the four chief medical officers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said the country had moved to the highest coronavirus level “five”.
Scotland’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, also imposed a lockdown there with broadly similar restrictions from Tuesday until the end of January.
Sturgeon said in Edinburgh. “I am more concerned about the situation we face now than I have been at any time since March last year,”
Mr Johnson said that as of Monday, almost 27,000 people with Covid were in the hospital — 40% more than at the peak of the first wave of the outbreak on April last year.
Key deliveries of the speech by the Prime Minister’s Television address on Monday are
“In England, we must therefore go into a national lockdown. The new measures are similar to those during the first, three-month lockdown from late March to June last year.”
“With most of the country already under extreme measures, it’s clear that we need to do more, together, to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out,”
“As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from COVID than at any time since the start of the pandemic”
“With every jab that goes into our arms, we are tilting the odds against Covid and in favour of the British people,”
Another expert from his interview, “People must stay at home again, as they were ordered to do so in the first wave of the pandemic in March, this time because the new virus variant was spreading in a “frustrating and alarming” way. “That means the government is once again instructing you to stay at home.” He requested
Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders said, “We are relieved the government has finally bowed to the inevitable and agreed to move schools and colleges to remote education in response to alarming COVID infection rates,”
The U.K.’s chief medical officers warned that without further action, “There is a material risk of the National Health Service in several areas being overwhelmed over the next 21 days.”
Britain has ramped up its vaccination program by becoming the first nation to start using the immunization shot.
UK government is optimistic for this shot developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca to protect them against COVID-19.
While two doses are required for both vaccines to provide high levels of protection after the first dose, the committee said.
Making the first dose the priority will “maximize benefits from the vaccination program in the short term,” it said.
“As has become clear to everyone during 2020, delays cost lives,” Evans said. “When resources of doses and people to vaccinate are limited, then vaccinating more people with potentially less efficacy is demonstrably better than a fuller efficacy in only half.”
Lockdown for New virus outbreak in the UK at a glance