British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold a press conference with his chief medical and scientific advisers this afternoon. He is amid rumors that a national lockdown will be implemented in England next week.
Professor Chris Witty and Patrick Valens are expected to join him on Downing Street this afternoon.
Johnson has so far resisted pressure to impose nationwide restrictions, opting for a localized tire system instead, but is reportedly considering closing everything except essential shops and education arrangements for a month from Wednesday.
The policy change comes after new data showed the scope of cases across the UK. The Office for National Statistics estimates that 568,100 people were infected with the corona virus in the week ending October 23.
Members of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergency (SEG) have supported the government to take more drastic measures.
Professor Jeremy Farrar said the consequences of compliance with current “inadequate” regulations were far worse than going to the second lockdown.
The director of the Welcome Trust said: “The sooner we work, the sooner we will start to recover.
“But the consequences of adapting to the current inadequate regulations would be far worse.”
Muni member Professor Kalam told Simple BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “Neighbors who do not believe in the second wave have a second wave.
“Unlike the first wave that had a national lockdown that protected a large part of society, this explosion is now rioting among people of all ages.”
Professor John Edmunds says the only way to celebrate “relatively safe” Christmas is to take “strict” action.
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At the same time, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Scott not to go to England except for necessities.
They said the spread of the virus in Scotland was lower than in other parts of the UK after austerity measures were taken in the northern part of the border in September.
The Scottish government banned Scott from going into other people’s homes and worked to close bars and restaurants across the Central Belt in early October.
The new five-level control system for dealing with the corona virus will come into effect in Scotland on Monday, which will impose travel restrictions on many Scots.
In Level 3 areas – the second highest line of the new Scottish system and affecting the Central Belt, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ireland and Dundee – people are urged not to go outside their own local authority area.
Ms Sturgeon said in a series of tweets urging Scots to abide by the new rules, asking people not to travel to or from England.
4 / Most importantly, we urge everyone to comply with current restrictions, including travel. People do not travel to or from Level 3 areas in Scotland and for now, we urge people not to travel to or from England except for essentials.
– Nicola Sturgeon (ic Nicola Sturgeon) October 31, 2020
France and Germany announced national lockdown restrictions earlier this week, while pubs and restaurants in Northern Ireland were closed for four weeks from October 16, excluding takeaways and deliveries. Schools were closed for two weeks.
Wales, which has closed its entertainment, hospitality and tourism businesses, is currently on a “firebrake” lockdown, with most people in Scotland set to go under Level 3 of the new five-tier system from Monday.
More than a dozen areas in England will move to Tier 2 restrictions, including Carlisle, following an announcement on Friday evening.