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Britain has revealed further measures aimed at preventing the rapid spread of coronavirus cases in England, combining a three-tier warning system with local lockdown and nationwide sanctions.
The government’s new approach, outlined on Monday, aimed to simplify the rules following criticism that existing restrictions – which varied across countries – were too complex.
However, the use of the new measures will take some time and the possibility of a national lockdown is still a great threat.
What has been announced in the UK?
The British government on Monday outlined a new coronovirus alert system for England, which includes three tiers to determine the degree of closure of cities and areas.
The move comes as an attempt by the government to curb the rapid rise in coronovirus infection and seeks to avoid another national lockdown.
Speaking to the House of Commons on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he understood the frustration of those who were “stalking” under the current sanctions. However, he said: “We cannot rip the virus … I believe it would be unforgivable not to act.”
Addressing the British public on Monday evening, Johnson said that the nation was entering a new and important phase of our fight against coronovirus. Because the number of cases has increased fourfold in four weeks and it is once again spreading among the elderly and the vulnerable. ”
He said, “So we can destroy this virus, wherever it appears that today we are hardening local standards, standardizing and hardening some rules in England by introducing three levels of Kovid.” They said.
A television shows UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking at the House of Commons in London as customers sit inside a Richmond pub in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 12, 2020, as new local lockdown measures are put in place to help Go. The second wave of the novel Coronovirus Kovid-19.
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What is a Kovid Warning System?
Johnson on Monday outlined a three-tier Kovid warning system with areas designated “medium”, “high” or “very high” (1, 2 and 3, respectively), depending on the severity of their infection rates.
Areas designated as “Tier 1” would be subject to the level of “moderate” sanctions, which are currently currently nationwide restrictions. These include a rule that cannot meet more than six people and pubs and restaurants must be closed by 10 pm
In the “Tier 2” bracket, or “high” alert category, indoor social mixing between homes and support bubbles is banned, and pubs that do not serve “enough food” will be closed.
Areas that are classified as “Tier 3” are on “very high alert” and will be placed under the most stringent measures. At the very least, people living in these areas will be subject to restrictions on all social mixing, both indoors and outdoors. In addition, pubs and bars will be forced to close until they can serve as a restaurant, serving alcohol only as part of the meal. The public will be asked not to travel in and out of this category of areas.
Areas on “very high alert” are those where the nation’s National Health Service “will be under increasingly unbearable pressure”, without further action, shocking Johnson. Areas in this category will be reviewed every four weeks.
A social distance is indicated next to the traffic light signal on 08 October 2020 in Liverpool, England.
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Which areas are at which alert level?
The majority of England is currently at “moderate” risk.
Parts of the country that have already seen local lockouts, domestic mixtures banned, are now classified as “high” risk. Some areas, including the city of Nottingham and its surroundings, will now move to this level and come under Tier 2 restrictions.
From Wednesday, the Liverpool city area will move to a “very high” alert level, making it the only region in the country to be in the Tier 3 category and subject to the strictest regulations.
“In addition to pubs and bars we have agreed with Liverpool City Mayor Steve Rotherm that the Prime Minister announced, gyms, leisure centers, betting shops, adult gaming centers and casinos will be closed.”
If you live in England, you will soon be able to check restrictions in your area by checking your postcode (or zip code) on the government website, although the service is not yet running.
Why did the government do this?
The move was designed to take a diverse picture of infection rates in the country. Some areas of northern England, such as Liverpool and Manchester, are seeing an increase in cases, while other areas of the country have seen barely any new infections since the “second wave” of the virus began in August.
Another 13,972 cases were reported in the UK on Monday, one day before 12,872 infections. The 7-day average of new cases was 14,588 on 9 October; A week earlier, according to UK government figures, it was 10,927.
With a total of 620,458 cases, Britain is the third largest hit country in Europe, behind Spain, with just 889,000 cases according to Johns Hopkins University and France, with just over 776,000 cases.
Will there be another national lockout?
Do not exclude it. On Tuesday morning, it emerged that the government’s chief scientific advisers said several weeks ago that the country should go into a mini national lockdown to act as a “circuit breaker” to stop the virus.
According to international lockdown forecasts, the government is very reluctant given the economic damage caused by the first lockdown, which was implemented on 23 March. .
– of CNBC Katrina Bishop Contributed to reporting this story.