British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a package of new measures to combat the second wave of the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the country.
Johnson unveiled 'three-tier system' in England to deal with Covid-19 spread, ruling out a new lockdown across the country, as was the case last March.
Most parts of England will be classified at ‘medium’ risk, which means that the current restrictions will continue preventing the gathering of more than six people in public places, Boris said in a statement to the House of Commons.
He pointed out that the second level of risk of the pandemic will be classified as ‘high’, which will be imposed on areas that are currently subject to local restrictions, especially northern English cities, in addition to the prevention of gatherings in restaurants and bars.
In areas that fall in the middle tier, people won't be allowed to meet indoors with others who are not part of their households, with the closure of bars, gyms, casinos and bookmakers if the risk reaches a ‘very high’ level after the increase in cases, Boris explained.
Liverpool, located in the west of England and inhabited by about one and a half million people, will have the level classified as ‘very high’ risk due to the high number of cases in recent days, the British Prime Minister said.
The government will keep schools, universities, all educational institutions and shops open, and will not close them as happened last March, he stressed, explaining that the aim of the new measures is to save lives and not overburden the country's health system and that this is the way that must be taken to avoid the social and economic consequences and the high human and economic cost.
One billion pounds in financial support was allocated to the areas classified as ‘very high’ risk level to help boost virus detection tests and implement new precautionary measures, he added.
The total number of cases infected with the virus so far in Britain reached 617,688, and the Ministry of Health has recorded 42,875 deaths since the start of the outbreak.
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