Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that if his government-backed strict enforcement as people do not follow the rules could tighten the coronavirus lockdown.
Any “complacency” about the disease is wrong, Johnson said, even though an immunization program is going well and 2.2 million people have received shots so far.
But she risked her own pleas to stay home and act responsibly when it emerged that she had rode a bike 7 miles across London on Sunday.
“Of course, if we agree “We may have to do more if things can’t be seen properly,” Johnson said on Monday during a visit to an immunization center at a sports stadium in Bristol, south-west England. The vaccine roll-out is a “race against time”, with a “very dangerous moment” in the form of infection rates in the country, he said.
Britain is facing its toughest period of the epidemic, with more than 32,000 dying in hospital in 22 weeks, and now more than 80,000. Last week Johnson announced a third national lockdown, a move that threatens to push the UK into another recession and reduce the damage of the first lockdown, leading to the deepest contraction for 300 years.
The vaccination program is the key to economic recovery, Sage Sanak, Chancellor of the state exchequer, told MPs on Monday.
The government aims to introduce relaxed restrictions after February 15, when Johnson wants 15 million of all the most vulnerable people and their carers to be given at least one vaccination dose.
Even though Britain is far ahead of other European countries in the rollout of vaccines, a more contagious form of the disease is pushing healthcare to the breaking point. Medical advisors and officials are constantly growing worried the public is not keeping the rules, and hospitals will soon be overwhelmed.
Johnson said the lockdown rules in food stores needed to be properly implemented and urged people to think carefully before leaving home for any reason. He said that in Kovid-19 cases there is heavy pressure in hospitals, oxygen supply is running low in some areas.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said everyone shared responsibility for following the rules and praised store chain Wm Morrison Supermarket PLC, saying it would refuse entry to anyone wearing masks without a specific discount .
“I am happy that the police are advancing their enforcement, but it’s not just about the government and the rules we set or the police and the actions they take, it’s about how everyone behaves , “He told a news conference. “Morrison has appreciated today’s action,” he said. “This is the right way.”
Johnson was seen cycling around Olympic Park, 7 miles east of his official residence, around 2pm Sunday afternoon, according to a London Evening Standard newspaper report, with the Premier’s office questioning his action. Official government guidance allows people to leave their homes for the purpose of exercising, but advises that people should live within their “local area”.
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Hancock said long bike rides and 7 miles of walking are allowed under the rules.
But the episode threatens to reignite the behavior of Johnson’s former colleague Dominic Cummings, who was accused of breaking lockdown rules more than 250 miles from London when the country was asked to stay home was going. Johnson’s office did not immediately respond to requests to comment on his visit.
In other events:
- The craze warned of the country’s third lockdown, which began last week, meant that “the economy is going to deteriorate before it gets better”
- The NHS said that the full effect of relaxing the rules over Christmas has still not been seen in case rates.
- Over 80% had at least one vaccine shot, giving a total of 2.6 million shots so far
- The government published its vaccine delivery scheme, promising to vaccinate millions by spring, with at least 2 million injections every week at more than 2,700 vaccination sites across the UK.
– assisted by Stuart Biggs, Alex Morales, Joe Mayes, and Diedre Hipwell