JOHNSON puts UK under tough lockdown to contain ncoronavirus

Ebangla Bureau 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has re-imposed one-month-long lockdown in  England after being warned that without tough action resurgent coronavirus outbreak will overwhelm hospitals across the nation. Worried after the United Kingdom recorded over  1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, Johnson,56, said that stringent restrictions on business and daily life would begin on Thursday and continue until December   2.In a televised news conference that “no responsible prime minister” could ignore the grim figures no responsible prime minister” could ignore the grim figures. “Unless we act, we could see deaths in this country running at several thousand a day,” said Johnson, who himself had to be hospitalized following testing for COVID-19. As per the Covid-19 protocols, bars and restaurants can only offer take-out, non-essential shops must close and people will only be able to leave home for a shortlist of reasons including exercise. Activities ranging from haircuts to foreign holidays must once again be put on hold. Schools, universities, construction sites and manufacturing businesses will stay open. As in other European countries, virus cases in the U.K. began to climb after lockdown measures were eased in the summer and people began to return to workplaces, schools, universities and social life, reported France 24.’’ Johnson came under mounting pressure to act as scientists warned COVID-19 hospitalization and deaths in the U.K. could soon surpass the levels seen at the outbreak’s spring peak, when daily deaths topped 1,000. As European countries such as France, Germany and Belgium in imposing a second lockdown amid surging caseloads, it looked inevitable that Johnson would have to follow. ’London School of Hygiene epidemiologist John Edmunds, a member of the government’s scientific advisory group, said Saturday that cases were running “significantly above” a reasonable worst-case scenario .pic courtesy to timesofisrael.com

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