Britain is slipping into a new lock. On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a curfew for pubs and restaurants in a television speech, which must close from Thursday at 10 p.m. Attempts are also made to encourage employees to return to the office: who can work, preferably from home? The first reaction to the surge in infections, with more than 4,000 new cases appearing every day, the government fears that the country will start in the same wake as Spain and France and has therefore decided to pull the emergency brake. And stricter measures cannot be ruled out if this initial pressure does not have the desired effects: We are talking about a two-week lockdown between the end of October and the beginning of November, which coincides with the school holidays.
The public was prepared for the worst on Monday by a dramatic press conference by the government’s medical advisor and scientific advisor: At this rate, Britain is risking 50,000 infections and 200 deaths per day (even if it does), the numbers are still far away from the peak of the epidemic in April when there were nearly a thousand deaths a day. In fact, the number of hospitalizations and deaths is still very low. Johnson does not want to take any chances and has done the opposite: only the intervention of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, who fears for the stability of the economy, prevented him from imposing the immediate closure of pubs and restaurants. In fact, the government is on a very narrow path: how can the epidemic be prevented from spreading again without choking the emerging economic recovery? People are now disoriented, so many conflicting messages have come from the authorities that it is difficult to understand. But Johnson also needs to protect himself from the growing rumble emanating from the gut of the Conservative Party hostile to new restrictive measures. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a warm autumn in London.
September 22, 2020 (change September 22, 2020 | 10:34 am)
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