Faced with the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the return of field hospitals and the establishment of a system to unite local restrictions.
Boris Johnson unveiled a new plan to fight the coronavirus. Without Covid-19’s resurgence, the British authorities announced on Monday 12 October that they will reactivate three field hospitals, already set up in the spring, and must present a warning system that simplifies patchwork local restrictions in England. With more than 42,800 dead, unsurpassed in Europe and almost 604,000 current positive cases, Britain is facing a new wave of pollution.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in England is now higher than it was when storage was declared at the end of March. In the most affected regions, in the northwest, the situation is such that hospital services that are not directly responsible for the epidemic are beginning to see that their function is affected, health officials explained at a press conference.
To help the health care system cope, three of the major field hospitals went into disaster in the spring, and after they took a break, instructed “to mobilize in the coming weeks to be ready to receive patients. If necessary,” announced the Medical Director of Health Care for England, Stephen Powis.
These facilities are located in the north, but others may follow; the development of pollutants that now affect the whole of the UK.
“There is still no treatment, still no vaccine against Covid-19. Unfortunately, this means that, as infections increase, the number of deaths will increase,” warned the Chief Medical Officer of England.
Local restrictions to avoid general confinement and three measurement levels
Determined to avoid public inclusion, the CEO ordered local restrictions that now affect a quarter of the population, with differences that have become illegible for some.
After leading a crisis meeting, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak on Monday afternoon to members of parliament and then to the press to announce a new warning system aimed at simplifying and clarifying decisions on the fight against pandemics.
Only England will be affected, the various British countries each defining their response to the health crisis.
Depending on the presence of the virus, it will be divided into three levels – “medium”, “high” and “very high” – which determine which measures to apply locally.
According to British media, pubs, gyms and casinos are expected to close in the hardest-hit areas, such as the cities of Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle, and non-essential travel would be banned. Measures that would be re-evaluated every four weeks.
Various homes are already banned from meeting in some areas, while gatherings across England are limited to six people and pubs and restaurants must be closed at 10pm.
This new system is being greeted with hostility by local elected officials in the north of England, who consider the employment support measures taken by the CEO to be insufficient and fear that their financial balance will be jeopardized.
The Prime Minister’s top adviser tried to convince these elected officials of the benefits of the government strategy over the weekend, without succeeding in exacerbating hostility.
“We will not abandon residents in the face of adversity or bankruptcy,” said Mayor Andy Burnham on Saturday, whose city wants to challenge the closure of pubs and entertainment venues on Saturday. .
On Friday, the government announced new measures for employment aids aimed at companies that are forced to remain closed due to restrictions on activity to combat the pandemic.
These companies will receive up to £ 3,000 (almost € 3,310) per month and their employees will be compensated up to two thirds of their regular salary.
Members will debate and vote on these measures during the week. “This is a critical time, and it is imperative that everyone follows the clear guidelines we have given to help limit the virus,” said a Downing Street 10 spokesman.