The easing of lockdown restrictions in England – due to come this weekend – has been postponed for at least two weeks, following an increase in coronovirus cases.
The casino and bowling lanes will remain closed, as Boris Johnson said it was time to “squeeze the brake pedal”.
Face coverings will be mandatory in more indoor settings such as theaters.
The Chief Medical Officer of England, Prof Chris Whitty, warned that the UK had broken its limits on easing restrictions.
Appearing with the Prime Minister at a special Downing Street briefing, Prof. Whitty said that the “idea that we can open everything up and keep the virus under control” is wrong.
Asked if it was safe for England schools to reopen completely for all pupils in the autumn, he said it was a “tricky balancing act”, but that “we might limit, or limit” Have come closer to what we can do in their context to open up society. “
Speaking at the briefing, Mr Johnson said that those who are shielding during the epidemic, and plan to change guidance for advice for employers, will still move forward.
Rethinking England’s lockdown easing follows new restrictions for people in parts of northern England following an increase in virus cases.
The Prime Minister said that progress in dealing with coronovirus continues, with daily and weekly deaths occurring, but warned that some European countries are “struggling” to control it. The UK should be ready to “react”, he said.
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Statistics published on Friday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that infection rates in England are on the rise, with around 4,200 new infections compared to the day before – with 3,200 a week earlier.
ONS estimates of daily cases are higher based on a sample of families who completed the swab tests, as compared to data from lab-confirmed cases reported by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) because they include people who are without Symptoms are applied for a test that does not otherwise occur.
Highlighting ONS figures, Mr Johnson said: “The prevalence of the virus in the community in England is likely to increase for the first time since May.”
He said it was time to “squeeze that brake pedal to keep the virus under control” with “crawling numbers”.
He urged people to “follow the rules, wash our hands, cover our faces, keep our distance and get a test if we have symptoms”, summarize the advice with the slogan: “Hands, face, Location, get a test “.
According to the latest DHSC figures another 120 people have died with Kovid-19 in the UK, taking the total virus deaths to 46,119. Meanwhile, 880 new laboratory-confirmed cases have been registered.
For the first time since May, cases are rising in England.
ONS data shows that there are about 4,200 new infections a day as compared to 3,200 a week ago.
This is not a return to the height of the epidemic in March, but it is telling.
Every ban gives us the ability to spread the coronavirus easily, and scientific advisors to the government have always warned that there was not much room to lift the restrictions and still suppress it.
The increase in infection is a warning that we have already crossed the lockdown lifting limit.
This is why Boris Johnson has delayed some planned lifting of sanctions in England and face masks will appear more frequent.
The big question remains around schools. If the current rules are leading to an increase in cases, can we also open schools? If we open schools, do we have to close anything else?
It is worth noting that all this is happening in July and scientists suspect that the virus will spread more easily in the winter months.
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Mr Johnson said plans to reopen “high risk settings” on 1 August would be delayed for at least a fortnight.
This means that you will not be able to take the following until August 15, as soon as possible:
- Casino reopening, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services
- Indoor display
Pilots of large events at sports venues and convention centers
- Extension of wedding reception to allow 30 people
Beauty treatments that include the face, such as eyelash, eyebrow and threading treatments
Fans participated in the World Snooker Championship when the game began on Friday as part of a pilot to test the return of large crowds for snookers. The tournament will now proceed without spectators until at least August 15, which is scheduled to begin the finals.
Wedding sector ‘itching to get back’
Neil White, 51, of Chorley, Lancashire, owns a wedding photography business. He said that out of 44 weddings scheduled for this year, only three bookings remain. “I think I speak for the rest of the wedding industry that there is a lot of worry and tension about the future in it,” he said.
Mr White said businesses such as pubs and restaurants are able to reopen, while the wedding zone “seems to be brushed under the carpet” although they are “itching to get back to work”.
“If it continues until next year then there are a lot of businesses that are going to close,” he said.
The British Beauty Council said the change was “very disappointing for an area that has already been seen after delays in reopening”.
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Different face coverings will be mandatory in different indoor settings, where people are likely to come in contact with people they don’t know, such as museums and places of worship, from next weekend. They are already required in shops, banks, airports and other indoor transport centers.
The Prime Minister said that the rules of face covering will come into effect from 8 August.
However, he said plans to stop shielding for those most vulnerable to the virus would go ahead from Saturday.
This means that some 2.2 million people who are self-segregating in England during the epidemic may return to work if they cannot work from home, as long as their workplace is not Kovid-safe.
Mr Johnson said that guidance for planners will also change from early August.
The latest announcement came soon after the new lockdown rules were implemented in parts of northern England, including Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire. The rules prohibit individual households from meeting each other inside their homes and private gardens.
The changes come as Muslim communities prepare to celebrate Eid later this week, and sanctions were loosened across England nearly four weeks later – for the first time since the end of March to people indoors Permission to meet
Labor leader Sir Keer Starr said the government had made the “right decision” about the new rules for parts of northern England, but urged it to “reform”, calling it “extremely poor” communication.
Ministers have said that police forces and councils will be empowered to implement the new rules.
Other major events:
- The pub and restaurant in Leicester – which saw the UK’s first local lockdown – have since Monday lifted several restrictions in the city.
- A 14-year-old girl is being treated for a life-threatening illness after being “severely neglected” by her family in lockdown. The family court of the High Court has been asked to intervene to take care of the girl.
Thousands of people descended on the beach in Bournemouth, Brighton and Pool, signaling to some local councils to stay away from day-trippers.
- Tory MP Craig Whitaker has defended his claim that some Muslims in West Yorkshire are not taking the “pandemic”
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