UNITED KINGDOM. The United Kingdom government has warned that the country is at higher risk due to increasing COVID-19 cases. There has been a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in the UK. Hence, the UK government is going to impose a national lockdown to combat COVID-19.
Rising COVID-19 cases in the UK
Around 4,000 new COVID-19 cases were found in a day in the UK. This is the highest daily total since early May. According to Britain’s statistics agency, around 6,000 people were infected by COVID-19 in a single day on Sep 10. They believe that the true rate of infection is likely to be higher than the current situation. However, the sharp increase in infections has not led to a similar rise in new fatalities.
Schools in England have been reopened this month. Due to this, Britain’s capacity to test for COVID-19 infections has come under strain. Around 10 million people in parts of England are already under lockdown restriction. People are not allowed to invite friends or relatives to their homes, visiting pubs and restaurants after 10 p.m. is also restricted.
UK government heading for a second national lockdown
Prime Minister Boris Johnson showed concern over rising COVID-19 cases in the UK. As per his statement; he believes that new restrictions are needed as the country is facing an inevitable second wave of COVID-19. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, is urging for quick action to stop COVID-19 resurgence.
The UK government is considering a second national lockdown because the infection rates and hospital admissions are soaring at a rapid rate. The northern and central parts of England are the regions with the highest COVID-19 cases. The UK government has decided to fine people who breach COVID-19 lockdown rules. Fines will start at £1,000 and go up to £10,000 for offenders.
People who fail to quarantine for 14 days after returning home from a different country will have to pay the fine. The penalties also apply to people who stop others from self-isolating. An employer will be fined if he asks an employee to work during the lockdown period. The new regulations will come into force on 28th September in England