Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated that the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom is the result of “people’s waning discipline” over the summer.
He said compliance with the virus restrictions was “high in the beginning” but after that “everyone is likely to feel some kind of complacency.”
Cases have increased sharply across the UK since the end of August.
After it began easing restrictions before the summer, the government has since been forced to tighten its procedures.
This comes as the latest British figures show that there are 6,968 more cases and 66 more deaths.
The R number – a measure of how many other people each person infects with the virus – has risen to between 1.3 and 1.6.
However, there is More evidence that new coronavirus infections may slowly increase Than it was in the previous weeks.
In total, at least 16.8 million people in the UK – around one in four people – face additional coronavirus measures in addition to national bases, including two-thirds of people in northern England.
The prime minister, speaking to BBC reporters from across the country, denied that a lack of testing in the north-east of England had caused the virus to spiral out of control in the region.
“This is not the reality,” he said. “The nation met in March and April. What happened during the summer was a kind of underestimating people’s discipline and their interest in these rules.”
The government has faced heavy criticism for its mixed messaging since it began easing the national lockdown in late spring.
After a steady decline in confirmed cases since the first peak in April, cases began to rise again in July, with … The growth rate has risen sharply since the end of August.
In a separate interview with BBC Scotland, Johnson said: “You saw what happened in March and April in Scotland, all over the country, we got together and we stopped the virus.
Unfortunately, maybe what has happened since then is that everyone felt a little relaxed and a little bit satisfied with the transmission.
“Perhaps the rules of social distancing were not complied with the way they could have been, or were imposed the way they could have been, which is why we had to take action in both Scotland and elsewhere to bring them down again.”
New rules, such as restricting gatherings to a maximum of six people and limiting working hours for hospitality venues, are among the national measures introduced across the UK.
“I fear that some muscle memory has faded and people are not following directions the way they should,” Johnson added.
When asked about comments made by the mayor of Middlesbrough who said there was a “terrifying lack of communication with the local government” about local closures, Johnson disagreed, adding: “We are working closely with local government across the country.”
The prime minister also described concerns that he has not been “old Boris” since then Coronavirus infection in March As “evil misinformation”.
He said he felt “much better” and thanks to “recent efforts,” it was two stones lighter than it was a year ago.
Mr Johnson had previously revealed his presence I hired a personal trainer to lose weight After admitting he was “too fat” when he contracted Covid-19.
He also declined to comment when asked about the future of Rep. Margaret Ferrer, who traveled from Glasgow to London with symptoms of Covid-19 and then returned home after testing positive.
He said, “I’ll leave that a lot to the SNP and to the whip – that’s something they decide but it’s very important that everyone abides by the rules and directives.”
The Metropolitan Police has it He opened an investigation with Mrs. Ferrer, Who was arrested by the Scottish National Party and is facing calls to withdraw from Parliament.
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