More than half of England’s population, or around 28 million, have been living under new restrictions since Saturday aimed at stemming the spread of the new coronavirus. This is particularly the case with London.
Reunions between family and friends from different homes are now banned indoors, in London and other areas of England, which have a total of 11 million people.
The British capital and these areas thus join other regions which were already subject to the same type of restrictions after having been classified by the authorities at “high” level, the second level of a warning system which has three.
The tightening of screws is even stronger in the region of Lancashire (north-west), second after Liverpool to be classified in the “very high” alert level, due to a very high prevalence of the new coronavirus.
Pubs that do not serve meals have been closed there since Saturday and private meetings are drastically restricted: people from different households cannot meet either indoors or outdoors, except in a park or on the beaches.
Across England, meetings of more than six people were already banned and pubs and restaurants are due to close at 10 p.m.
The Greater Manchester region (north-west) is also at risk of falling into the highest alert level. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday threatened local authorities to override their refusal to tighten restrictions.
The United Kingdom, the most bereaved country in Europe with more than 43,400 dead, like the rest of the continent suffers a second wave of contaminations, with a total of nearly 690,000 positive cases.
Favoring a local strategy, Boris Johnson excludes for the moment a new general confinement with disastrous economic consequences, recommended by his scientific advisers and demanded by the Labor opposition.
In Northern Ireland (1.9 million inhabitants), which like the other provinces of the country is defining its own response to the health crisis, pubs and restaurants closed for a month on Friday, while school holidays have been extended at two weeks.
In Wales, people coming from areas with a high prevalence of the virus elsewhere in the country have been banned from entry since Friday evening.