UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for “discipline, determination and community spirit” in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic. At the same time, he announced severe penalties for non-compliance with the newly announced rules. “The tragic reality of being infected with the coronavirus is that your mild cough could mean someone’s death,” he said.
In the UK, 37 deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed on Tuesday and 4,926 new coronavirus infections were detected. The number of new infections is 558 higher than that of Monday’s balance, which means that once again in recent days, the highest number of infections has been recorded since the slowdown in the epidemic.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday additional restrictions and guidelines that are expected to stop the spread of the coronavirus and that can remain in force for up to six months.
The new steps include recommending working remotely where possible, closing pubs and restaurants early, extending the obligation to cover the face, and increasing penalties for non-compliant people. These restrictions could take up to six months, but Johnson warned that if people didn’t stick to them, the government could go further.
Johnson: Your mild cough could mean someone’s death
In an evening televised speech, Johnson argued that the tighter regulations had started to rise again at an exponential rate and the virus had become no less dangerous than it was in the spring.
– Some will say that we do not need these restrictions and that everyone take the risk. But this risk is not only personal. The tragic reality of being infected with the coronavirus is that your mild cough could mean someone’s death, he said.
– We also cannot just lock up the elderly and vulnerable somewhere. If we allow the virus to spread, it will also reach seniors, he added.
“Summon discipline, determination and community spirit”
Boris Johnson admitted being “deeply reluctant” to restrict someone else’s freedom, but warned that “if we do not act, there is a risk that we will have to take more decisive steps later.”
– If people do not follow the rules presented by us, we have to reserve the right to go a step further – he stressed. “ However, the greatest weapon we bring to this fight is the common sense of the people themselves, the joint commitment of this country to work together to contain the coronavirus, ” he added.
– If we follow these simple rules together, we will survive this winter together. There are undoubtedly difficult months ahead, and the fight against COVID-19 is far from over. I have no doubts, however, that we have great days ahead of us – said Johnson. “Now is the time for all of us to have the discipline, determination and community spirit to get through this,” concluded Johnson.
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