London, Oct 10 (EFE) .- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Monday more restrictions to slow the advance of the coronavirus in England and is expected to introduce a “traffic light” system with three levels to assess risk in each area geographic, reports this Saturday the BBC.
In a letter to the deputies of constituencies in the north of England – the area with the highest increase in infections along with the Midlands, in the center – the government adviser Edward Lister has warned them that they must prepare for “tough measures”, which will be debated with local leaders this weekend.
The areas most affected by the new demands are expected to be northern and central counties, which would include the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham, among others.
In an intervention in the House of Commons – in the face of criticism that he was eluding the legislature – Johnson could announce next Monday the temporary closure of “pubs” and restaurants in areas with the most cases of COVID-19, in line with what it is already happening in parts of Scotland, which have autonomous powers.
In central Scotland, including the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, hospitality establishments, among other entertainment venues, closed for two weeks on Friday, with the exception of cafes that do not sell alcohol, which may open until 6:00 p.m.
The intervention of the head of the Government will take place after yesterday his Minister of Economy, Rishi Sunak, revealed a series of specific economic aid for those places that will have to close provisionally by legal decree.
Among them, the State will pay two-thirds of the salary of employees of “pubs”, restaurants and other businesses if they are forced to close as a result of new restrictions, up to a maximum of 2,100 pounds per month (2,281 euros).
The plan, which replaces a more complete one applied in March, will enter into force on November 1 for a period of six months -which will be reviewed in January 2021-, and also includes payment between companies and, to a lesser extent, the Government of 77% of the full salary of people who work at least a third of their usual day.
The tightening of the restrictions aims to stop the advance of the virus in the United Kingdom, where 13,864 new infections were registered on Friday, up to 575,679, with 42,679 deaths, after adding 87 in 24 hours. There are 3,660 hospitalized patients, 436 in intensive care.
Nottingham, in the center of England, has the highest infection rate in the region of England – the most populous in the United Kingdom, with 56 of 66.6 million inhabitants – with 760.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
It is followed by the district of Knowsley and the city of Liverpool, both in the northwest, with, respectively, 657.6 and 599.9 positives per 100,000 residents.
Johnson’s government is attacked from various sides for its management of the pandemic: by the political opposition, which accuses it of acting badly and late; the local authorities, who regret that they are excluded from decision-making, and their conservative deputies, who criticize the loss of freedoms and the damage to the economy.
The British Medical Association (BMA, in English) has also warned this Saturday that citizens could lose confidence in the measures to contain the virus due to the “inconsistent” and “confusing” message of the Executive, which went from promoting leisure and I return to the workplace in August to do the opposite in September.
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