World Boris Johnson Says Second Wave of COVID-19 is Happening Across U.K.
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The Democratic presidential candidate waded into the UK's row with the EU over the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement on Wednesday night.Johnson caused an international row this week after his government admitted it plans to break international law by overwriting its deal with the EU in relation to Northern Ireland.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that a second wave of COVID-19 is now taking place across the U.K. saying it would be "inevitable we'd see it in this country".
His comments come as 4,322 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today, a rise of nearly 1,000 on yesterdays numbers according to Public Health England.
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The U.K.'s death rate also increased by 27 today, which is the biggest single-day jump in cases since May 8.
The prime minister also said he did not want to go into "bigger lockdown measures", but that more restrictive social distancing restrictions may be necessary to stop the spread of the virus.
During a trip to Oxford Johnson said: "Clearly when you look at what is happening, you've got wonder whether we need to go further than the rule of six that we brought in."
The government has imposed a ban on gatherings of more than six people in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
Restrictions have also been put in place in the north-east of England, with almost two million people banned from meeting other households as case numbers rise.
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Boris Johnson has announced that the requirements to wear face coverings will be extended to the hospitality and retail sectors, as well as a 10pm curfew on pubs and hospitality venues at 10pm from Thursday, among a range of new measures.Johnson told the country that pubs and hospitality venues would have to close at 10pm from Thursday and that people should work from home if they can. It marks a sharp turn from previous government advice, which encouraged workers to return to offices again as the government tries to help the economy recover.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the temporary restrictions and said they were being put in place from midnight due to "concerning rates of infection".
The restrictions also mean restaurants will only be able to offer table service and restaurants, bars and pubs will have to shut between 10:00 pm and 05:00 am.
Confirmation of a second wave also comes at a time when the government has faced increasing criticism over its Test and Trace programe, with people saying they had to travel hundreds of miles away from home in order to get a test.
The head of Test and Trace, Baroness Dido Harding, said a rise in demand for testing was not expected.
Speaking before the Commons Science and Technology Committee, she told MPs: "I don't think anybody was expecting, to see the real sizable increase in demand that we've seen over the last few weeks, so none of the modelling was expecting that, and that's why we all need to think really hard about how we prioritise the use of these tests."
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"We're clear you should only get tested if you have the coronavirus symptoms.
"So we're all going to have to play our part in managing a constraint capacity, even as we double it and keep going beyond that."
Boris Johnson has conceded that there is not enough testing capacity, however he says the government is on track to carry out 500,000 tests by the end of October.
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Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party trails the main opposition Labour Party in an opinion poll for the first time in months, with half of those surveyed saying they disapprove of how government has handled the coronavirus crisis. © Bloomberg Boris Johnson, U.K. prime minister, departs from number 10 Downing Street on his way to make a statement in Parliament in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May slammed Boris Johnson's plan to break international law over Brexit, and said she won’t vote for it in Parliament.