Covid-19 Infections Doubling Every Seven Days, Science Chiefs Warn

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 24, 2020

The new rules are "in no way a return to the (March) lockdown", Johnson said: schools and colleges will remain open and businesses can stay open in a "COVID-compliant way".

Northern Ireland said it would extend existing restrictions in some localities on households mixing indoors across the whole of the province from Tuesday, while Wales slapped curbs on four more areas, also from Tuesday, leaving just under a third of the Welsh population under restriction.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "Public sector workers working in essential services should continue to go into work where necessary". Fines for not wearing a face covering will now double to 200 pounds (about 256.3 USA dollars) for a first offence.

The limit on guests at weddings will be reduced from 30 to 15 - while funerals will still be allowed to have up to 30 guests.

"We want to keep schools open, that's going to happen, we're going to try and keep all parts of the economy open as far as we possibly [can] - I don't think anyone wants to go into a second lockdown, but clearly when you look at what is happening, you've got to wonder whether we need to go further than the rule of six that we brought in on Monday", he said.

There were grave concerns among British business leaders, especially in the hospitality trade, which must also cope with 10 p.m. curfews from Thursday.

Meanwhile, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan urged the British government to go further by requiring face coverings in outdoor settings, where social distancing is not possible.

Johnson is due to update Parliament on the coronavirus situation Tuesday after meetings of his Cabinet and the government's crisis committee, COBRA.

The rate of coronavirus cases in the U.K.is growing exponentially, doubling every seven days, and if the current rate continues, it could reach 49,000 a day by October 13, say the country's leading advisers.

Britain's chief medical officers (CMOs) on Monday recommended moving the country's COVID-19 alert level from level Three to level Four, which means COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation and transmission is high or rising exponentially.

This came a day after the British government's top scientific and medical advisers said coronavirus infections were doubling every seven days and could rise to 49,000 a day by mid-October if nothing is done to stem the tide. He will also make a televised address to the nation about efforts to combat the virus.

"It is now estimated that roughly 70,000 people in the United Kingdom have [COVID-19] infection and around 6,000 per day are getting the infection", said Vallance. He said some vaccine could be available by the end of the year "in small amounts for certain groups". The coronavirus-related death toll rose by 11 to 41,788, according to official figures released Monday.

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