THE UK has seen a rapid increase in coronavirus cases across the country and today Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out new plans to stop the spread of COVID-19. Will England have a second lockdown?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new lockdown restrictions in a press conference at Downing Street on Wednesday. The new restrictions are being introduced as cases of COVID-19 in the UK have been worryingly rising in the past days.
Will England go back into lockdown?
Mr Johnson said the new measures introduced today was to “not have another lockdown”.
He said: ”These measures are not another national lockdown.
”The whole point of them is to avoid a second national lockdown.”
Mr Johnson said the public must limit social contact “as much as possible”, including social interactions.
From Monday, the Government will introduce the “rule of six”.
That means no more than six people can meet up together anywhere.
The measure replaced the existing bans on more than 30 meeting and the rule of only two households.
However, work and school are unaffected, along with sport, weddings and funerals.
Regarding the six people rule, the Prime Minister said: “This will apply in any setting, indoors or outdoors, at home or in the pub.
“The ban will be set out in law and it will be enforced by the police – anyone breaking the rules risks being dispersed, fined and possibly arrested.
“This single measure replaces both the existing ban on gatherings of more than 30 and the current guidance on allowing two households to meet indoors. Now you only need to remember the rule of six.”
The Government said that as of 9am on Wednesday, September 9, there had been a further 2,659 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Overall, 355,219 cases have been confirmed.
The Government said 41,594 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,400 deaths registered in the UK where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.
The Prime Minister said the Government is “working hard” to increase testing capacity to 500,000 a day by the end of October.
He said: “Up to now, we have used testing primarily to identify people who are positive – so we can isolate them from the community and protect high risk groups.
“And that will continue to be our priority. We are working hard to increase our testing capacity to 500,000 tests a day by the end of October.
“But in future, in the near future, we want to start using testing to identify people who are negative – who don’t have coronavirus and who are not infectious – so we can allow them to behave in a more normal way, in the knowledge they cannot infect anyone else with the virus.”