Boris Johnson Imposes Lockdown in England As Cases Pass 1 Million

PM Johnson further added that this Christmas could be tough and different but said that acting now would mean that families can gather.

Boris Johnson Imposes Lockdown in England As Cases Pass 1 Million
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-week national lockdown on Saturday in a bid to prevent the “medical and moral disaster” for the National Health Service (NHS). PM Johnson further added that this Christmas could be tough and different but said that acting now would mean that families can gather.

From Thursday, pubs, gyms, restaurants, and all other non-essential businesses will have to close for the next four weeks. However, unlike the previous restrictions, the schools, universities, and colleges can stay open. The PM further added that in the first week of December, the government would ease down the restrictions, and areas would go back to the tiered system.

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During his news conference at the 10-downing street, Boris Johnson apologized to the business owners for the impact on the businesses due to the lockdowns and restrictions. However, he added that the furlough system that pays 80 percent of the employee wages would be extended through the next month.

Johnson said that he could not ignore the projected fatality figures, which stated that the deaths could reach one thousand per day, worse than the fatality rate the UK saw in April. The prime minister was heavily criticized by the opposition for delaying and moving slowly into its first national lockdown.

Meanwhile, last month other constituents of Britain have their policies and enacted tougher coronavirus restrictions. However, leaders from the opposition Labor Party said that the government missed the golden chance to impose a lockdown when schools and educational institutions across the country were on mid-term break.

The announcement from the PM comes after other European countries, including Germany and France, imposed a nation-wide lockdown. On Saturday, Austria and Greece also announced a nighttime curfew, as well as the closure of non-essential businesses, including bars, cafes, and restaurants, and the new restriction will remain in place until the end of November.

The UK has the world’s fifth-highest fatality rate, with a total of 46,555 fatalities so far, according to the data compiled by John Hopkins University.

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