The UK coronavirus alert level has risen from Level 3 to Level 4, which means that according to medical experts, the number of infections is “large or exponentially increasing”, reports BBC News.
Prime minister Boris Johnson will address the British parliament and people on Tuesday. In his speech, he will almost certainly announce that pubs, bars and restaurants in England should close their doors every night at 10 p.m. from Thursday. Guests may also only be served if they sit at a table. In some parts of the UK pubs had to close at 9 p.m.
“No one underestimates the challenges these new measures bring to many individuals and businesses. We know it will not be easy, but we must take action to control the resurgence of the coronavirus and protect the British healthcare sector,” Johnson says, according to an extract from Downing Street.
In Northern Ireland, the measures already in force concerning the coming together of several households remain in force for the time being, became known on Monday. In addition, additional measures are being taken in four areas in Wales. In Scotland, too, additional measures are expected shortly.
On Monday, it was announced that the stock prices of large British café and restaurant groups have fallen significantly due to the possible new lockdown measures in the UK.
In the United Kingdom, a second wave of coronavirus threatens. Government advisers warned on Monday that the number of positive tests by mid-October could increase by 50,000 per day if no action was taken.
The United Kingdom has been hit hard by COVID-19. At present, the number of deaths is nowhere greater in Europe. In september, like the Netherlands, the country experienced an increase in the number of new infections. On Monday, 4,368 positive tests were recorded in the UK. A day earlier, there were 3,899.