The further decline in blockade restrictions in England ̵1; due this weekend – has been postponed for at least two weeks, following an increase in coronavirus cases.
Casinos and bowling will remain closed, as Boris Johnson said it was time to “tighten the brake pedal.”
Facial coatings will be mandatory in more indoor environments, such as cinemas.
The medical director of England, Professor Chris Whitty, warned that the UK could have reached its limits in reducing restrictions.
Presenting himself alongside the prime minister at a special briefing on Downing Street, Professor Whitty said the “idea that we can open it all up and keep the virus under control” is incorrect.
Asked if it was certain that schools in England would fully reopen to all pupils in the autumn, he said it was a “difficult balancing act”, but “we have probably come close to the limit or limits of what we can to do in terms of opening up society. “
Speaking at the briefing, Johnson said the planned changes in guidelines for those who have been shielded during the pandemic and tips for employers, will still go ahead.
The rethinking of the blockade reduction in England follows new restrictions for people in the northern parts of England, following an increase in virus cases.
The prime minister said progress in the fight against coronavirus continued, with daily and weekly deaths, but warned that some European countries were “fighting” to control it. He said the UK must be prepared to “react”.
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Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Friday suggests that infection rates in England are rising, with about 4,200 new infections a day, compared to 3,200 the previous week.
The ONS estimates on daily cases (based on a sample of households performing swimming tests) are higher than the laboratory-confirmed case figures reported by the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) because they include asymptomatic people who d ‘otherwise they wouldn’t have. requested to take a test.
Highlighting ONS figures, Johnson added: “The prevalence of the virus in the community, in England, is likely to increase for the first time since May.”
He said that with the “number of numbers”, it was time to “tighten that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control.”
He urged people to “follow the rules, wash our hands, cover our faces, keep our distance and take a test if we have symptoms,” adding the advice with the slogan: “Hands, face, space, do a test” .
Another 120 people have died with Covid-19 in the UK, according to the latest DHSC figures, bringing the total number of deaths from viruses to 46,119. Meanwhile, 880 new cases have been confirmed in the laboratory.
Cases in England are on the rise for the first time since May.
ONS data indicates that there are about 4,200 new infections a day compared to the previous week’s 3,200.
This is not a return to the height of the epidemic in March, but it is compelling.
All the restrictions we provide increase the ability of the coronavirus to spread, and government scientific advisers have always warned that there was not much room to lift the restrictions and remove them.
The focus of infections is a warning that we may have already exceeded the blocking limit.
That’s why Boris Johnson has delayed some of the restrictions lifting restrictions in England and face masks will become a more common sight.
The big question is around schools. If the current rules lead to an increase in cases, can we also open schools? If we open schools will we have to close something else?
It is worth noting that all this happens in July and scientists suspect that the virus will spread even more easily in the winter months.
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Johnson said the planned reopening of “higher risk settings” on Aug. 1 would be delayed by at least a fortnight.
This means that the following cannot take place until August 15, at the earliest:
- the reopening of nearby casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and contact services
- interior performances
pilots of larger meetings at sports venues and conference centers
- expanding wedding receptions to accommodate up to 30 people
beauty treatments involving the face, such as eyelashes, eyebrows and eyelashes
Fans attended the World Snooker Championship when it began on Friday as part of a pilot to test the return of larger crowds to the sports grounds. Now, the tournament will take place without spectators until August 15, which is when the final begins.
The ‘itch to return’ wedding sector
Neil White, 51, of Chorley, Lancashire, owns a wedding photography business. Of the 44 weddings I had scheduled for this year, there are only three reservations left: “I think I’m talking about the rest of the wedding industry, as there’s a huge concern and stress about the future,” he said.
White said that while companies such as pubs and restaurants have been able to reopen, companies in the wedding sector “appear to have been brushed under the rug”, although “they are itching to get back to work”.
“If it continues next year, there are many companies that will close,” he added.
The British Beauty Council said the changes were “very disappointing for a sector that has already slowed down after delaying its opening”.
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Separately, face coatings will be mandatory in more indoor environments where people are likely to come into contact with people they don’t know, such as museums and places of worship, starting next weekend. They are already needed in shops, banks, airports and other inland transportation hubs.
The prime minister said the rules for facial coverage will be applicable to the law from August 8.
However, he said the plan to stop protection for those most vulnerable to the virus will be advanced from Saturday.
This means that some 2.2 million people who have self-isolated in England during the pandemic may return to work, if they cannot work from home, as long as their workplace is safe from Covid.
Johnson indicated that guidelines for employers will change, as planned.
The latest announcement came shortly after new blockade rules were introduced in some parts of northern England, including Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire. The rules include a ban on separate homes meeting within their private homes and gardens.
The changes come as Muslim communities prepare to celebrate Eid this weekend and nearly four weeks after the restrictions eased across England, allowing people to gather indoors for the first time since end of March.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said the government had made the “right decision” on the new rules for parts of northern England, but urged it to “improve” what it called a communication. extremely poor “.
Ministers have said police forces and councils will be given powers to enforce the new rules.
In other key news:
- Leicester pubs and restaurants – which saw the first local blockade in the UK – will have to reopen from Monday as there are 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 during the blockade. The family division of the High Court has been asked to intervene to take care of the girl
Thousands descended on the beaches of Bournemouth, Brighton and Poole, prompting some local councils to warn hikers to stay out.
- MP Craig Whittaker has defended his claim that some West Yorkshire Muslims “don’t take the pandemic seriously”
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