Sabtu, 31 Oktober 2020

Boris Johnson imposes month-long lockdown in England as COVID cases hit 1 million - ABC News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered England back into a national month-long lockdown as the United Kingdom passed the milestone of 1 million COVID-19 cases and scientists warned the virus was spreading faster than their worst predictions.

Prior to Mr Johnson's hastily arranged news conference in Downing Street after news of the lockdown leaked to local media, the Government said total confirmed COVID-19 cases had risen 21,915 in the past day to 1,011,660.

The United Kingdom, which has the biggest official death toll in Europe from COVID-19 (over 46,000 deaths), is grappling with more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases a day and scientists have warned the "worst case" scenario of 80,000 dead could be exceeded.

Mr Johnson has ordered the country back into lockdown "from Thursday until the start of December".

He held a Cabinet meeting on Saturday (local time) after government scientists warned the outbreak was going in the wrong direction and that action was needed to halt the spread of the virus if families were to have any hope of gathering at Christmas.

"In this country, alas, as across much of Europe, the virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst case scenario of our scientific advisers," he said.

"[Their] models suggest that unless we act, we could see deaths in this country running at several thousand a day, a peak of mortality bigger than the one we saw in April."

He said some hospitals would be at capacity in a matter of weeks unless they act now.

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2020-10-31 19:08:00Z

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