Coronavirus: PM says ‘we have to move’ to avoid a second lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a new “six-person law” which decreases meetings to up to six, enforces fines or arrests by the police. He proposed a “moon shot” plan, likely by next spring, to monitor the virus through mass monitoring. It is the case that the UK reported 2,659 other coronaviruses, with over 2,000 cases registered on the fourth day. Last week in the UK the number of cases increased from 12.5 out of 100,000 infections to 19.7 out of 100,000. Young people were more likely to develop coronavirus, with 54 cases of age 19-21 per 100,000 populations.

Mr Johnson also announced that:

  • Sites like pubs and restaurants will be expected to contact all guests for 21 days and to provide NHS Test and Trace records. If they do not comply, they are fined £ 1,000.
  • Opening hours for companies may be shortened in the country if cases continue to escalate. But the measure is initially limited to local lock-outs, such as Bolton, which must be shut down from 22:00 to 5:00
  • Covid-secure marshals are implemented to ensure social isolation in city and urban centers.
  • The template for the passenger locator, filled in by travelers arriving in the UK for the implementation of quarantine laws, would be encouraged.
  • Policies for the testing of wider crowds in places later this month are updated and government plans for enabling fans to access sports stadiums from 1 October are being reviewed.

Mr Johnson has noted out the law has been “extremely complex and ambiguous,” and that, with input from the police and the public, the government is “simplifying and reinforcing.” However, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer says that the current laws regulating meetings represent “a big part of the issue of bad communications” on the dissemination of the virus. The Prime Minister announced that by the end of October the government “runs hard” to raise test capacities to 500,000 tests a day, but advised people to reserve the test only if they had any signs of coronavirus.

However, health reporter Nick Triggle from BBC said the tests had not been generated or released until the end of the year and that these samples were still in the queue. In explaining the proposals, the Prime Minister referred to the space programme, Apollo, as a “moon shot” that would restore a normal way of life even though no vaccine or cure is required, as the “giant joint efforts.” This was a “moon shot”. A BMJ report said the British had planned to carry out up to 10 million Covid-19 experiments annually, for more than £ 100 billion, at the beginning of next year.

Dr.James Robinson

Dr.James Robinson, MD, MS is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine DescriptionThe Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a private graduate medical school in Manhattan, New York City, where he serves as a founding co-Director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness. He is a practising general internist and pharmacoepidemiologist and is internationally recognised for his research examining prescription drug utilisation. Dr.James Robinson is the author of over a hundred scientific articles and book chapters, is a frequent speaker on health care issues and has served on numerous editorial and advisory boards.

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