Coronavirus: Avoid ‘party weekend’ before new restrictions, public told


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Britons did not consider this weekend as a “party”, before six “new to the coronavirus restrictions” rules come into force on Monday, a police union has warned.

The Police Federation said there was a “real risk” that the public would “take advantage of the current situation”.

In New Testament England six people gather inside and outside the house.

This comes after a scientist warned the virus “on the edge of losing control”.

England’s new rule of six applies to all ages, although there are some exemptions, such as gatherings for work. Those who fail to follow the new rules can be fined by the police – £ 100 for the first offense, up to £ 3,200 on each offense.

In Scotland, socialization will be limited to a maximum of six people inside and out – but unlike England they must be from two households, and children under 12 are exempt.

In Wales, starting Monday, it will be illegal for more than six people from an extended home to meet indoors – but up to 30 can still be found from outside.

In Northern Ireland, meanwhile, the number of people gathered indoors in a private house has dropped from 10 people in four houses to six people in two homes.

‘Incredibly irresponsible’

With the new rules in force in England and Wales delayed until Monday, the President of the Police Federation for England and Wales, John Apter, said: “There is a real risk that some members of the public will take advantage of the current situation and are being introduced on Monday Treat this weekend as a party weekend before strict restrictions.

“Using the current situation as an opportunity and excuse for the party would be incredibly irresponsible and would not only put pressure on policing, but would also be possible on the ambulance service and the NHS.”

Tim Robson, North East’s representative on the National Pubwatch Scheme, said he expected police officers to monitor the weekend rigorously to ensure they were working safely.

“There are apprehensions that there is going to be a big rift among all, but people are starting to get scared and many licensed premises have already been closed by the police,” he said.

A former police officer, Mr. Robson, said it would be up to licensees to manage their premises and prevent large groups from gathering together.

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Media caption“If the restrictions are immediate then why are they waiting until Monday? Why are they not coming now?”

On Saturday, the government announced that there were 3,497 coronovirus cases in Britain.

In Scotland, daily coronavirus cases have hit a four-month high, with a total of 221 people testing positive for the virus in the last 24 hours – the highest daily figure since 8 May.

The virus is still at a much lower level across the UK than in April, but a study of thousands of people in England found that it doubles every seven to eight days.

Prof Sir Mark Walport, a member of the government’s SEZ Scientific Advisory Group, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program, “Somebody would have to say that we are on the edge of losing control.

“You only look at the channel to see what’s happening in France and what’s happening in Spain.”

It comes as the final clinical trials for a vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, scheduled to resume. He was hired last weekend after a participant was unwell.

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine – which is attended by 18,000 people around the world – is seen as a strong contender among dozens of developed globally.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said the rule of six was “well understood” as a public health message and the public’s support.

“As always, the important thing is balance – eating out, watching friends – that’s fine, provided we do it in a way that’s socially responsible, that’s the rule of six,” he told the BBC.

He said a “degree of self-discipline and restriction” is needed to deal with the challenges posed by the increasing number of coronovirus cases across England and the R numbers going forward, which measures the rate at which the virus occurs. Sent.

However, Mr. Gove also acknowledged that fines may be necessary to enforce the rules.

He said, “I don’t want to see them recovering the fine, but more than that I don’t want to see people behaving in a way that is the weakest at risk.”

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For the first time since March, the R number has been raised between 1 and 1.2. Any number above indicates that the number of infections is increasing.

And in addition to a general increase in cases in the community, the government’s latest coronavirus surveillance report shows a positive increase in people older than 85 trials.

Asked about Professor Walport’s statement that the UK was “losing control”, Mr Gove said it was “a warning to all of us”.

“There is a limit to scientific opinion, but the one thing that practically every scientist agrees on is that we have seen an increase in infections and therefore it is appropriate that we take public health measures.”

People in England told BBC News that they are struggling to use coronavirus tests.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said last week that no one should travel more than 75 miles for a test, with the BBC reporting that some were being sent hundreds of miles away.

But some have now reported being unable to book an all-in-one swab.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said that the ability to test was targeted in the most difficult areas.