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Offbeat Covid-19: in the United Kingdom, the confinement of England soon to be lifted

23:05  23 november  2020
23:05  23 november  2020 Source:   france24.com

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The COVID - 19 pandemic in the United Kingdom is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID - 19 ) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The following is a timeline of the COVID - 19 pandemic in England . There are significant differences in the legislation and the reporting between the countries of the UK : England , Scotland

Les mesures contre la pandémie de Covid-19 seraient assouplies pendant la période de Noël, selon les annonces de Londres. © Henry Nicholls, Reuters Measures against the Covid-19 pandemic would be relaxed during the Christmas period, according to announcements from London.

After four weeks of re-containment in England to fight Covid-19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday the return at the beginning of December to a local strategy, muscular and accompanied by a massive screening program.

Towards strong but local measures. After four weeks of re-containment in England , British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced, Monday, November 23, the end of this measure on December 2 and a return to a local strategy against the Covid-19 epidemic . It would be muscular and accompanied by a massive screening program, according to its announcements.

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The COVID - 19 pandemic was first confirmed to have spread to England with two cases among Chinese nationals staying in a hotel in York on 31 January 2020.

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Despite the successive good news on the vaccine front, including Britain's AstraZeneca / Oxford project, the Conservative head of government has warned that restrictions are expected to remain in place for several months.

"It can't be a normal Christmas and there is a long way to go until spring," Boris Johnson told MPs by video conference. He is in isolation after coming into contact with an infected person.

"But we have taken a step and the outcome is in sight. We must resist the virus until testing and vaccines come to our rescue and reduce the need for restrictions," he added, before his intervention was cut off by technical problems. This caused hilarity on the benches of Westminster.

The United Kingdom, the European country most bereaved by the pandemic, counts more than 55,000 deaths of people testing positive for the new coronavirus and more than 1.5 million positive cases.

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The following is a timeline of the COVID - 19 pandemic in the United Kingdom . There are significant differences in the legislation and the reporting between the countries of the UK : England , Scotland

Return of fans to football stadiums, reopening of stores ...

After four weeks of general confinement decreed on November 5, England will revert to restrictions imposed locally depending on the incidence of the virus, according to a system at three levels which will however be reinforced.

Good news for football fans: they will be able to return to the stadiums at the beginning of December, in the areas least affected by the virus. The number of spectators allowed to attend matches will depend on the alert level in each region, which will be unveiled on Thursday, but never to exceed 4,000.

Across England, non-essential shops and sports halls may reopen, and religious services and marriages resume.

Residents will now be able to meet if they do not exceed the six person threshold . During confinement, it was only possible to see a maximum of one person outside their home, in a park, for example.

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The four nations have different Covid rules but ministers are hoping to agree a joint approach for the festive period. MPs are expected to vote on the new tier system in the days before it comes into force. Many Conservative MPs are opposed to stricter measures, with 70 signing a letter coordinated

Covid restrictions are in place across the UK , with new rules for everything from meeting friends to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs the level four measures would be lifted on Friday 11 The Covid tier system may then need to be "strengthened" , according to government adviser Dr Susan

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Where they can reopen, pubs and restaurants will take their last orders at 10 pm and close an hour later.

Restrictions are expected to be relaxed for a few days over Christmas and discussions are underway between the government and authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to try to have a unified approach, each province British deciding on its own health strategy.

Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer called the local approach "risky", recalling that it had "not worked" previously, leading to general lockdown in November.

Screening rather than isolation, while waiting for the vaccine

The government is counting on vaccines under development to get out of the tunnel represented by the pandemic.

Boris Johnson hailed in the Astra-Zeneca vaccine with the University of Oxford, 70% effective on average and up to 90% in some cases, a "wonderful British scientific achievement": "We have ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, and over 350 million (vaccine doses) in total. "

His post-containment plan will be accompanied by a massive and rapid screening program for populations in the areas classified as "very high" risk. This like the experiment carried out "successfully" in Liverpool (North West), where more than 200,000 people have been tested since the beginning of November, the government said in a statement .

Eventually, people who come into contact with a positive case will also be able to be tested regularly, allowing them to escape a 14-day isolation currently mandatory, such as that to which the Prime Minister is subjected.

With AFP

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