British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend PMQ meetings in the House of Commons on September 30, 2020 in London, England.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday called on Britons to abide by the rules to avoid tougher restrictions regarding the coronavirus, as the country struggles with a rapid rise in the number of reported coronavirus cases.
“The best way forward to protect the NHS, save lives, and keep our children in school and the economy moving, is to follow the rules wherever we live,” Johnson said.
“I don’t want to go back to national lockdown where general guidance is at home,” Johnson said, in response to a question from a member of the public. “This is not what we are saying, we want to keep the economy moving, we want to keep young people and students in education. But the only way we can do it is if we follow the directions and reduce the virus.”
The prime minister, who recently had to apologize after jamming the government’s rules on the coronavirus, was speaking alongside Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical officer, and Patrick Vallance, its chief scientific advisor, during a televised press conference.
This comes soon after the country recorded the highest number of reported Covid-19 infections since the start of the pandemic.
The United Kingdom reported 7,143 additional cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, surpassing the number of new cases reported in late April and early May when strict nationwide lockdown measures were in place, despite more daily Covid-19 tests being carried out. They made more now than in the spring.
The United Kingdom also recorded another 71 virus-related deaths on Tuesday. This was the highest number of Covid-19 deaths reported in the UK since July 1. The country recorded the worst official number of deaths in Europe, and the fifth largest number of Corona virus deaths worldwide.
On Wednesday, the United Kingdom recorded 7,108 new cases of coronavirus and 71 related deaths, the same number of deaths reported on Tuesday.
‘Discipline and determination’
Downing Street had previously announced that home mixing would be banned in the north-east of England from Wednesday evening, after a sharp rise in the number of confirmed cases in the region.
The government also advised residents of the area to avoid mixing with people outside their homes in bars and restaurants.
Johnson, who contracted a special disease when he contracted Covid-19 earlier this year, called on the public to “summon the discipline and resolve” necessary to follow the latest rules for implementing the Coronavirus.
In a television broadcast of the nation on September 23, the prime minister outlined new restrictions that could be in effect for up to six months, saying “there were a lot of violations.”
In England, restrictions included stricter rules on face coverings, and the number of people allowed to attend weddings was halved. Bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues were also required to close by 10 p.m., while fines for violating the new rules were increased to £ 200 ($ 256) for the first offense.
Hospitality accommodations will also have to close early in Wales and Scotland, while Northern Ireland has already banned home mixing.
Tens of millions of people in the UK are now under domestic restrictions in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
However, as pressure mounts on Johnson to impose a so-called “circuit breaker” lockdown for two weeks to control the virus, prominent lawmakers in the ruling Conservative Party have spoken out against the possibility of additional measures.
Johnson suggested that the government “should reserve the right to move forward” with stricter regulations if the number of Covid-19 cases and related deaths continues to rise.