Pubs, bars and other hospitality places in the United Kingdom will have to close at 10pm from Thursday, as the British federal government enforces new restrictions to attempt to suppress a surge in coronavirus cases, Euronews reports.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is supposed to set out further constraints on Tuesday, as ministers try to uncover a balance between marking down on the pandemic and avoiding a full lockdown that would snuff out the recovery after the economy fell into its deepest recession for more than 100 years.
It was unclear if the new measures will be enough to curb a second wave of the virus, which government scientists have warned could reach 50,000 new cases per day by mid-October.
The UK's top government scientists warn the country will have almost 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October if the current infection rate does not drop.
On Monday, the government reported 4,300 new confirmed cases, the highest number since May.
- The UK, said Whitty, must face up to a "six-month problem" as the colder weather arrives, telling the nation: "At this point the seasons are against us, we're now going into the seasons - late autumn and winter - which benefit respiratory viruses, and it is very likely they will benefit Covid, as they do, for example, flu". Everyone must do their part to slow the spread of the disease because infections among the young and healthy will inevitably spread to their friends and family members and ultimately to the most vulnerable in society.
"This is not someone else's problem", he said. Although the number of new cases has risen in recent weeks, fatalities have remained relatively low. The UK reported a seven-day average of 21 deaths a day last week, compared with a peak of 942 deaths on April 10.
These numbers include only deaths that are directly related to COVID-19. The real toll could be much higher if emergency services are overwhelmed by coronavirus cases and the National Health Service has to divert resources from diagnosing and treating other diseases, Whitty said.
Whitty warned that lockdowns, restrictions and curfews would have big social and mental health impacts.
Vallance said vaccines were essential to learning to live with the virus.
He reassured the British public this is "in no way a return to the lockdown" introduced in March, but these measures will be under constant review and they will act to ensure the virus is kept under control.
"If this continued along the path.the number of deaths directly from Covid. will continue to rise, potentially on an exponential curve, that means doubling and doubling and doubling again and you can quickly move from really quite small numbers to really very large numbers", Professor Whitty said. While government ministers tout the record numbers of tests being performed, there are widespread reports of people having to travel hundreds of miles for tests and tests being voided because it is taking labs too long to process them.