Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday a six-week blockade of 56 million people in the UK, including the closure of schools, after being warned that a surge in coronavirus cases could soon cause the hospital to collapse. ..
Johnson emphasized that the UK is leading the introduction of two vaccines, including one from Oxford University and AstraZeneca, which launched on Monday.
All priority groups need to get a jab by mid-February, he said in a nationally aired speech, “We oppose COVID and lean on the potential to benefit the British people. I have. “
“But for now, we’re worried we’ll have to stay home again to protect the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) and save lives,” Johnson said, saying the blockade was early Wednesday. He added that it took effect and is valid until mid-February.
The prime minister was under pressure from scientists, opposition parties, and Britain’s delegating nations to take more decisive action. Earlier in the day, Scotland said it would blockade again for the rest of the month.
In the competition between the vaccination campaign and COVID-19, the epidemic of a new variant of the virus threatens victory, the UK’s chief health officer warned that it has raised the national alert level to up to five. ..
The UK Emergency Alert Scale shows the risk of overwhelming healthcare services within 21 days without emergency action.
Exams and flights
The new blockade announced by Johnson emulates the first national curb that took place from March to June, than another enacted in November when the school was allowed to remain open. Is even more advanced.
This decision means that summer exams are unlikely to move forward, and the government admits months of uncertainty to millions of families, including families of students who want to go on to college. Brought about.
However, unlike the first blockade last spring, elite sports, including Premier League football, will continue.
For the first time, Britain continued to open its borders to travel abroad. However, the government said it was considering whether to take action on landing flights after another new stock emerged in South Africa.
Authorities emphasized the seriousness of the current spread compared to last spring due to a variety that emerged in southeast England.
Hospitalization is now 40% higher than the spring peak reached on April 12. On January 4, there were 26,626 COVID patients in a UK hospital. This increased by more than 30% on the same day of the previous week.
“We are not confident that the NHS will be able to cope with the further sustained increase in cases, and there is a significant risk that the NHS will be overwhelmed in some areas without further action,” said a UK healthcare professional. Stated.
Parliament to vote
The UK, which has been most affected by the global health crisis and has killed more than 75,000 people, looks forward to promoting mass vaccination.
But last week, more than 50,000 positive cases were recorded daily across the UK.
About 44 million people, more than three-quarters of the UK’s population, were already advised to stay home and work remotely under the patchwork of regional restrictions.
The new blockade will close all non-essential shops across the UK, along with bars, restaurants and other hospitality and entertainment venues.
The House of Commons was recalled from the Christmas and New Year breaks to vote for new measures on Wednesday.
Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition’s major Labor Party, has expressed support for the blockade after blaming the government over the weekend.
Easy to store
This announcement cast a shadow over the first Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine given to the general public outside of clinical trials.
Brian Pinker, 82, a retired maintenance manager on dialysis for kidney disease, was shot at Oxford Hospital and said it was “the only way to get back to a little normal life.”
In addition to the vaccination sites that have already been vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech Jab since early last month, new vaccination sites across the UK will be vaccinated approximately 530,000 times.
The United Kingdom became the first country in the world to approve the use of a vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-Bio N Tech on December 2, and has already given it to nearly one million people for the first time.
The Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine is much cheaper than its rivals and costs about £ 2.50 ($ 3.40, € 2.75) per dose, making it affordable for developing countries.
It can be stored in the refrigerator, but Pfizer-BioNTech must be stored at very low temperatures.
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