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Johnson also said that intends to start vaccinating the country’s population next month, if a vaccine against the disease is approved by then. The government said it would increase testing to contain the virus until vaccines are distributed.
The British Prime Minister’s intention, with the end of the national blockade, is to return to using a “three-tier” system (see details below) localized restrictions in England – with each region facing different measures based on the severity of its outbreaks.
The government is expected to discuss the plans in detail this Sunday (22) and inform Parliament of the decisions on Monday (23).
Criticism of the ‘three levels’
The government’s scientific advisory group is also expected to publish reports on Monday showing that Boris Johnson’s previous “three-tier” strategy was not strong enough – and recommending tougher restrictions when it is adopted again.
In the old system, a “medium” alert level required restaurants and pubs to close at 10 pm and prohibited the population from meeting in groups of more than 6 people.
The “high” level prevented people from meeting indoors with someone other than their own home or an extended “bubble of support”.
In areas under “very high” alert, pubs and bars could only stay open and serve alcohol if accompanied by a hearty meal. In addition, people were warned not to enter or leave these areas.
The UK has the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 in all of Europe: there were 54,722 deaths until 10:45 am on Sunday (22), according to monitoring by the American university Johns Hopkins.
European countries with more deaths from Covid-19
Fonte: Johns Hopkins (10h38 de 22/11)
The total blockade that started at the beginning of the month tried to prevent the British health care system (NHS, similar to the Brazilian SUS) from being overloaded. Non-essential services such as shops, gyms, bars and restaurants were closed. Most social gatherings were also banned, but schools remained open.
The number of new cases has started to drop in the country, according to the Associated Press. In the past seven days, the rate of positive tests has dropped 13.8% from the previous week.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the press on Friday that the total lockdown managed to slow the spread of the virus – but emphasized that people needed to continue to follow the rules to maintain the number of cases low.
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