More than 20 million people across England will be forced to remain in the toughest category of Kovid-19 sanctions, when a national lockout ends on 2 December, while placing London “high alert” at the second-most difficult level had gone.
Health Minister Matt Hancock announced the final details of a regional system on Thursday, when a blanket ban was imposed on England’s 55 million population after determining the conditions of daily living for the country’s citizens and businesses.
“Hope is on the horizon, but if we still have to go further, then we should all dig deeper.” Finally in sight, we should not give up now, ”Hancock said in Parliament, in the coming months for the growing prospects for a vaccine against coronovirus.
Britain has Europe’s largest official death toll from the Kovid-19 epidemic and is badly affected by the second wave. The government’s response to lockdown rules, procurement and testing has been criticized, as it is expensive, slow.
“We should follow these new rules and ensure that our actions will save lives in the future and help our country get through it,” Hancock said.
Thursday’s decision was eagerly awaited by businesses across the country whose ability to trade in the critical pre-Christmas period would be affected. Hospitality is one of the larger areas that will suffer the most in higher levels.
Hancock said cases were rising in parts of the capital and needed to be brought under control.
London will be in Tier 2; It was also in Tier 2 before the national lockout came into force, although a strict set of rules for each tier was announced earlier this week.
For London, this means that a mix of indoors and a maximum of six people are not allowed to meet outside, hospitality venues can only offer wine with an adequate meal, and attendance will be tightly limited at sporting events .
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“Many businesses in London and Square Mile will now be taking a collective sigh of relief that they will be able to trade until Christmas,” said City of London Corporation Policy Chairman Catherine McGinnens.
However, some large areas of England, including the northern city of Manchester and the affluent southeastern county of Kent, were placed in Tier 3, the most restrictive, with the highest infection rates.
In Tier 3, hospitality sites must remain closed, except for takeaway services.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said, “This will cause real hardship for those whose jobs will be affected and many businesses will suffer.”
Decisions have been made according to five criteria, including pressure on health services in each region and the rate of change in positive coronovirus cases.
The announcement angered some local and regional politicians in the hardest-hit areas, a rebel corps within the ruling Conservative Party, who felt the government was excessive and unfairly restricting daily life.
Authoritarianism at work today is truly frightening. But is it necessary and in proportion to the risk from the disease? The conservative MLA said on Twitter, demanding the government to publish his evidence.
Only three regions in England were placed in the lowest tier 1 category: the Isle of Wight, Cornwall, and the Isle of Scale – all excluded from the country’s more populous metropolitan areas.
Tier will be reviewed on December 16, making it possible for areas that slow the spread of the virus to be down a notch before Christmas.
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