Australia Tough corona lockdown in Wales

18:19  19 october  2020
18:19  19 october  2020 Source:   dw.com

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A 17-day lockdown has been announced in Wales as the country battles coronavirus - Copyright Geoff Caddick / AFP. First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the strict lockdown measures will be in force from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday November 9.

The new coronavirus lockdown will take Wales back to the restrictions introduced in March, with most businesses shutting, and people being told to stay at home and work from home where possible. The measures include: Non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality businesses to close.

The British part of Wales is trying to stop the ever faster spread of the corona pathogen with severe restrictions. In the north-west of England, the first clinics are reaching their capacity limits.

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From Friday on, Wales has a two-week lockdown. This is necessary to get the rising number of infections under control, said the head of government of the British part of the country, Mark Drakeford. The measure is limited to November 9th. If his government does not act now, the National Health Service (NHS) will no longer be able to adequately treat the many COVID-19 patients, Drakeford justified the decision.

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During lockdown mosques, synagogues and churches were closed in Wales , and there have been limits on the number of people attending funerals and weddings. From 13 July faith leaders were able to gradually resume services, once they felt ready to do so safely. As discussed, places of worship are

Lockdown was already different in Wales from the rest of the UK, with specific rules on social distancing in the work place and a different Mr Drakeford said announcing changes in Wales ahead of the prime minister's public address was "not an attempt to place any restraints" on Downing Street.

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Except from the strict contact restrictions and the curfew are only employees of absolutely necessary facilities. Those who can have to go to work at home during this time. Leisure activities and tourism are prohibited. Only shops with essential goods are allowed to open, according to the information, pubs and restaurants remain closed. Meetings of different households - whether indoors or outdoors - are also prohibited. "Everyone in Wales will have a duty to stay home," Drakeford said.

Clinics partially at capacity limit

The north-west of England is also badly affected by the Corona crisis in the United Kingdom. In the Greater Manchester area, according to a report in The Guardian newspaper, the first clinics can no longer accept COVID-19 patients. Twelve hospitals are already full, the newspaper quoted from an internal document of the NHS national health service. Mayor Andy Burnham again asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson for more financial support for the people and companies in the region.

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In Liverpool, too, some clinics have already reached their capacity limits: According to the Guardian, many clinic staff there are ill and are under home quarantine. The situation is also critical in the cities of Nottingham, Sheffield and Newcastle.

UK clinics are considered chronically underfunded. They are often on the verge of collapse even with larger flu waves. In Great Britain, according to information from Sunday, more than 16,000 people were infected with the virus within 24 hours. With almost 47,000 corona deaths, the United Kingdom has the highest number of victims in Europe. In addition, a high number of unreported cases is expected in the country with its almost 67 million inhabitants. There is a lack of corona tests.

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Europe’s new Covid-19 wave, explained .
Some countries with the fastest-spiraling outbreaks may soon have to go back into lockdown.There are curfews across England and France, limits on drinking in the Czech Republic and Belgium, and stricter mask requirements in Italy and Switzerland.

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