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Britain may impose new national lockdown from Wednesday - Times

 

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FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians walk near public health signs in London, Britain, September 11, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering imposing new national lockdown measures next week, amid concerns that hospitals across the country are overwhelmed by a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, The Times newspaper reported on Friday.

 

The new restrictions could be introduced on Wednesday and remain in place until Dec. 1, the Times said.

 

Johnson is expected to hold a news conference on Monday to announce the new measures, under which everything could be closed except essential shops and "educational settings," the newspaper said.

 

However, the new measures were still under discussion, and no final decision had been made, the Times added, citing a senior government source.

 

Cabinet Office officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

 

The United Kingdom on Friday reported 24,405 new cases of COVID-19 and a further 274 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, according to government data. It has now recorded more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases a day on average over the last week.

 

COVID-19 infections are rising so persistently in the United Kingdom that unless something can be done to reduce infections, the "reasonable worst case" scenario of 80,000 dead could be exceeded, scientists warned on Friday.

 

Currently, the government has a three-tier system of restrictions for local areas in England, with Level 3 the highest. Scotland, Wales and North Ireland run their own policies on fighting the pandemic.

 

In the third tier of restrictions, household mixing is banned, pubs and bars are ordered to remain closed, wedding receptions are not permitted, and travel to or from the area should be avoided.

 

The Times report added that the government is also considering tougher regional measures, known as Tier 4, but ministers are said to be in favour of a nationwide policy.

 

(Reporting by Juby Babu and Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

 

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This government is beyond a joke.....SAGE recommendation? Lockdown 21st September.....Johnson complete ignores that, comes up with his own scheme...recommended by no one....wack a mole....now look at

Absolute incompetence from bungling Boris from day 1 of the Covid outbreak. Worse still, he's surrounded himself with B grade Cabinet minsters whose only qualification was to be a hard line Brexiteer.

People are still moaning that Thailand has a quarantine and imposes masks and stuff. But it seems its doing countless times better then the UK and US and rest of Europe.   They are so right

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4 minutes ago, bannork said:

Absolute incompetence from bungling Boris from day 1 of the Covid outbreak. Worse still, he's surrounded himself with B grade Cabinet minsters whose only qualification was to be a hard line Brexiteer.

 

Absolutely 

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41 minutes ago, Surelynot said:

This government is beyond a joke.....SAGE recommendation? Lockdown 21st September.....Johnson complete ignores that, comes up with his own scheme...recommended by no one....wack a mole....now look at the complete and utter mess we are in.

 

Every Minister has been on TV for three weeks rubbishing lockdown since Starmer raised it at PMQ's....this is going to be the grand-daddy of all U turns.

 

Johnson could not  run a whelk stall.

You will enjoy this video than, this professor states that lockdowns don't work, don't want to say anything more as the mods might make it disappear.

 

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The article in The Times is a lie.

 

The way I hear is is that there's going to be an additional tier of restrictions introduced and it will continue to be enforced on a regional level.

 

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1 hour ago, ukrules said:

The article in The Times is a lie.

 

The way I hear is is that there's going to be an additional tier of restrictions introduced and it will continue to be enforced on a regional level.

 

Your source if you please?

As I'm in UK, that would be VERY interesting as this "total lockdown" is all over the place BBC et al https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54756950

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11 minutes ago, VBF said:

Your source if you please?

No quotable source on this, I'm sure there will be a clarifying announcement soon.

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1 minute ago, ukrules said:

No quotable source on this, I'm sure there will be a clarifying announcement soon.

Interesting....... If there's anything you can PM me on promise of confidentiality, please do.

Otherwise I'll have to be patient, I suppose.

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