by Elizabeth Piper and William James
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed tiered restrictions in several areas of Britain, including the closure of some pubs, as the coronavirus outbreak accelerates, although discontent is mounting in light of restrictions on freedom.
Johnson’s three-tier system announced in Parliament is an attempt to homogenize the patchwork of sometimes complex and confusing restrictions imposed across the country. The parliamentarians will have to vote on the proposal.
Local lockdowns involve closing pubs and bars in areas where the risk is “very high”. So far, Merseyside is the only area in this category, and gyms, recreation centers, betting centers, slot halls and casinos will also close here, Johnson said.
“We must act to save lives,” the premier said in parliament, adding that he does not want another nationwide lockdown.
“If we let the virus take hold, simple math tells us that we will not only have an intolerable death toll, but also that we will put a lot of pressure on our national health system with a second uncontrolled peak, such that our doctors and our nurses to dedicate themselves to the treatment of other pathologies. “
(Translated by Danzica editorial staff, in Milan editorial office Gianluca Semeraro, [email protected], +48 587696616)