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the brand new stage of deconfinement should wait

Whereas a brand new web page of deconfinement was to open on Saturday in the UK, the British Prime Minister prolonged the deadline within the face of the upsurge in Covid-19 circumstances. New restrictions have additionally been imposed in elements of northern England.

The UK ought to have began on Saturday 1er August, a brand new stage in its deconfinement. Lastly, Boris Johnson selected Friday to postpone the deadline within the face of a rise in Covid-19 circumstances. The British authorities has additionally imposed new restrictions in some significantly affected areas of northern England.

With practically 46,000 deaths of individuals testing constructive for the virus, the UK has the heaviest dying toll in Europe. The variety of hospital admissions and deaths continues to fall, however contamination is on the rise for the primary time since Could.

Two weeks postponement

Criticized for having delayed reacting at the beginning of the pandemic, Boris Johnson's authorities now insists that it desires to react shortly. In latest days, he has multiplied the bulletins, even when it means angering holidaymakers by reinstating a quarantine on return from Spain, or complicating the foundations in place by imposing native restrictions.

On Friday, the Conservative Prime Minister postponed for no less than two weeks the following easing scheduled for Saturday, explaining "that we should press the brake pedal to maintain the virus below management".

Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks, magnificence salons, efficiency halls … These institutions have been to reopen on Saturday, however they’ll nonetheless have to attend. The information was greeted with bitterness by the center of the music scene struggling for its survival, which was getting ready to welcome the general public once more.

The return of the general public initiated in latest days in sports activities arenas, on the event of cricket matches and the world snooker championships specifically, has additionally been canceled.

Utilized for the second to companies, the duty to put on a masks can even be prolonged from August eight to museums, cinemas and locations of worship.

"I do know the steps we take shall be an actual blow to lots of people, to anybody whose wedding ceremony plans have been disrupted or who can’t now rejoice Eid as they want," admitted Boris Johnson , including: "I'm actually, actually sorry, however we simply can't take any probabilities."

New restrictions within the north of England

In a weekly research printed Friday, the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics (ONS) observes a rise in contamination, with round 4,200 new circumstances per day in England between July 20 and July 26. The estimate was 2,800 new circumstances day by day the week earlier than.

"What we’re seeing (…) is that we now have in all probability reached the bounds of what we will do when it comes to opening up society," stated Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.

Within the face of the upsurge in coronavirus circumstances, new restrictions have been imposed on residents of elements of northern England on Friday. Residents of Larger Manchester, elements of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire – round 4 million folks – at the moment are banned from assembly different folks inside their houses or of their gardens. The Scottish authorities strongly advises in opposition to journey to those areas.

Confronted with the rise within the variety of circumstances in Spain, the British authorities has additionally imposed since July 26 two weeks of quarantine on vacationers from the nation, taking abruptly 1000’s of vacationers already there and others who’re have been about to go there. Vacationers arriving from Luxembourg can even must self-isolate for 14 days.

Different international locations may comply with, Boris Johnson warned, forcing Britons tempted to go overseas to suppose twice. "We can’t make the error of considering of ourselves as protected," the chief stated, and "should be ready to reply to the primary indicators of bother."

With AFP