UK Health Minister Matt Hancock announced on Thursday that the British capital will move to the “High Risk” phase due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government will expand restrictions in the region as of midnight on Saturday (17).
“We have agreed that London needs to enter a ‘High’ alert for Covid,” said Hancock in a parliamentary session.
The largest city in the country will move to phase 2 alert, also identified as “High Risk”. London is currently in phase 1, or “Medium Risk”. The British government’s scale for the pandemic has three phases and alerts.
Some people are seen wearing masks on Oxford Street in London, England, on Monday (21) – Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP
Hancock warned that before the situation in the country improves, “things should get worse”. The United Kingdom is the 5th country in the world with the most confirmed cases of coronavirus, with more than 43,000 infections registered.
In addition to the English capital, the cities of Essex, York and Derbyshire also enter phase 2 alert.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Tuesday (13) that more than 700,000 new cases were reported in the last week in Europe. It is a 34% increase over the previous week. With the increase, European countries have increased preventive measures to avoid a new crisis.