British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the measure will take effect at midnight next Thursday and will last for a month. Photo: AFP
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the lockdown of England after Britain surpassed one million COVID-19 cases, with a second wave of infections.
The United Kingdom, which has the highest official death toll from covid-19 in Europe, faces more than 20 thousand new cases of coronavirus per day, and scientists warned that it could even exceed the “worst case scenario” of 80 thousand deaths.
Johnson, speaking at a conference in Downing Street, said the month-long lockdown across England would begin on Thursday and last until December 2.
In some of the tougher restrictions, people will only be able to leave their homes for specific reasons such as education, work, exercise, essential purchases, and medications.
We must act now, ”said Johnson, flanked by his chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, and his chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance. “If we don’t act, the deaths in this country could reach several thousand a day,” he said.
The government will reactivate its emergency wage subsidy program to ensure that unemployed workers receive 80% of their pay, he added.
PARTIAL BLOCKADE IN GREECE AND PORTUGAL
In Greece, the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced a partial lockdown yesterday.
We have to act before the intensive care units are overwhelmed “, declared Mitsotakis in a television speech, specifying that” it is not a confinement like that of the boreal spring. “
This lockdown, which will begin at 06:00 local time on Tuesday, will prohibit circulation from midnight to 05:00 local time. Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will have to close in Athens and other cities in the country.
The rest of Greece, a country that has already registered more than 37 thousand cases of coronavirus since February and 620 deaths, will have to comply with the night curfew and the mandatory use of a mask, even outdoors.
In the same way, the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, announced that on November 4, the partial confinement of 121 councils of the country will come into force, including Lisbon, which exceed a cumulative incidence of 240 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
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