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US News Covid-19: the plumb in the wing of Boris Johnson

23:25  22 september  2020
23:25  22 september  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

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Boris Johnson à la Chambre des communes, mardi à Londres. © JESSICA TAYLOR Boris Johnson in the House of Commons, Tuesday in London. Faced with the rise in infections, the British Prime Minister presented new measures aimed at limiting social interactions. But Scotland has gone further by banning all home visits.

Boris Johnson has the art of the formula. Sometimes, however, his lyrical flights leave perplexed, including his own Conservative MPs. On Tuesday, on the benches of the House of Commons, their countenance stretched, split between amazement and dismay. “There is a notable difference between our country and the others. Our country is in love with freedom ... It is therefore very difficult to ask the British people to obey orders uniformly in a correct way, "said the Prime Minister.

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He was responding to a question from a Labor MP asking if the fact that the infection rates in Italy and Germany remain moderate, compared to the UK, was related to a very effective testing and tracing system. “Not at all,” Boris Johnson explained, “it's all about a more pronounced“ love of freedom ”in the UK than elsewhere.

The British Prime Minister had just announced a new round of measures to try to stem the growth of Covid-19 infections. On Monday, the two scientific advisers to the government, Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty, had warned that in the absence of new restrictions on social interactions, the risk was to reach 50,000 cases per day by the month of October.

In the past fortnight, the pace of hospital admissions has doubled and the country "has reached a dangerous turning point," said Boris Johnson. The number of new infections was 4,926 on Tuesday, the highest daily toll since May 7. On Monday, the infection alert level was raised from one level to four on a scale of five, which means transmission of the virus is high or increasing at an increasing rate.

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Weddings at 15, funerals at 30

The measures announced however avoid a new strict confinement. Schools and universities remain open. But pubs, bars and restaurants will be subject to a 10 p.m. curfew from Thursday evening. In addition, the wearing of masks will be generalized, for staff and customers or consumers, except when seated at the table, as well as in taxis, and fines for non-compliance with the rules will increase - 200 pounds (217 euros ) for the first offense.

Weddings can only be held with a maximum of 15 people, but funerals will tolerate 30. The government had already announced at the end of last week the ban on gathering more than six people, whether at home or in a pub, restaurant or in a park.

The return of the public to sports competitions, which had been planned for early October, has been suspended. Moreover, after vigorously urging the British to return to the office, the authorities now recommend "to work from home when possible".

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"Pending an improvement, we must expect that these restrictions could remain in place for the next six months," Boris Johnson warned. He also announced the possible mobilization of the army to help the police enforce the rules. The government has made no secret of the belief that youth gatherings were responsible for the latest rise in infections. The Prime Minister was to reiterate these new instructions during an "address to the nation" broadcast on Tuesday evening on television.

Scotland more cautious

The measures announced did not concern the whole nation, however, but just England. In Scotland, the head of local government, Nicola Sturgeon, went further in the restrictions, banning interactions between multiple households at a single home. Very educational, as usual, the leader of the Scottish National Party said she was "sorry" for imposing these measures but that firm restrictions "as soon as possible will reduce the duration of their imposition".

For Boris Johnson, Scotland's decision to go further in the restrictions is a delicate one. If the infection rate slows faster in the north of the country, he risks being criticized once again for not acting decisively enough. The idea is obviously to avoid going back to the disaster of the first months of the pandemic, when the United Kingdom recorded the highest number of deaths in Europe with 41,788 dead.

cases in NRW: Seehofer continues to reject right-wing extremism study by the police

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The awakening of Labor

The government's management of the pandemic has been severely criticized on several occasions, in particular for its inconsistency. In addition, the test and tracing system has been stuck for several weeks due to lack of laboratory capacity and the application, "the best in the world", promised for many months has still not materialized.

The announcements came as new Labor leader Keir Starmer delivered a landmark speech to Labor activists. Addressing Labor voters who turned away from the party during the last elections, he called on them to “come back and take a look at Labor, we have a new leadership”, evoking “decency, competence, justice, opportunities for all ”that characterize this new era.

Far more virulent than in recent months, Keir Starmer has attacked Boris Johnson's "incompetence". In the Commons, he promised her "support where possible" to stem the epidemic. But "this government must give a sense of direction to the country", he said, "and it must do it quickly".

Brexit: British House of Commons votes for controversial law despite warnings .
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