AGENCIES, London: The British administration’s worst fear is repeat of Italy’s coronavirus situation in the country as Coronavirus-related deaths and cases continued to mount. Till now, 335 deaths and 6,650 infected cases were reported by Monday afternoon. The capital city of London hosting 2,433 of them. Health officials are worried that at this rate there’s possibility of an Italy-like spike in the near future.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is wary at people not taking social distancing advice seriously, and therefore without hesitation has announced new curbs. Obviously, Johnson doesn’t want UK to become another ill-fated country like Italy.
Under the new rules that have been put into immediate effect, people will be able to leave homes for only four specified reasons.
Johnson said the police will have been given powers to enforce the curbs which have been described as ‘the toughest in living memory’. The enforcement rules are similar to those introduced recently in France and some European countries.
Johnson said in a TV address on Monday: “From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home. Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households”. The rules will be applicable for a duration of three weeks to begin with.
“That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes: shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible; one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household; any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home,” Johnson clarified .
Besides the closure of pubs, restaurants and theatres announced last week, the British PM said authorities will also close shops selling non-essential goods and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms and places of worship.
Johnson said: “No Prime Minister wants to enact measures like this. I know the damage that this disruption is doing and will do to people’s lives, to their businesses and to their jobs…And I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant review”.