London, Oct 15 (EFE) .- The British Government and municipal authorities continue their contacts on Thursday to address a possible expansion to more areas of England of the restrictions to contain the advance of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liverpool is the only area in England with the highest level of restrictions – 3-, with the closure of bars and “pubs” that do not sell food, but it is not ruled out that more English areas may pass at that scale due to the high number of contagions.
On Wednesday, the United Kingdom reported 19,724 new daily cases of COVID-19, while there have been 137 additional deaths related to the disease, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 43,155.
Most of England is at the lowest level of the risk scale – 1 -, which implies the prohibition of meetings of more than six people and the closure of hospitality establishments after 10 p.m., while the 2 prevents any meeting between people who do not live under the same roof.
The 3rd, the highest level of alert, also forces the closure of bars and pubs and it is recommended not to enter or leave these areas of greater restriction, as is the case of Liverpool.
The mayor of the so-called Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is scheduled to speak with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday to assess the restrictions, especially since the north of England is the area with the highest number of infections.
Burnham demands greater support for local businesses that may be severely punished by new measures that prevent contacts between the population to contain the pandemic.
Officials of the so-called Joint Biosafety Center have suggested, according to the media, that Greater Manchester, other areas of the northeast and northwest of England and the English center should enter the highest level -3- of contagion risk.
Meanwhile, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has not ruled out the possibility that the British capital will soon enter risk alert level 2, declaring to the media that this step may occur “very soon, perhaps this week “.
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