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US Coronavirus. Pubs close in Liverpool, field hospitals reopen in England

23:25  12 october  2020
23:25  12 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled England's new strategy to fight Covid-19 on Monday, October 12, 2020.

For "crush" the new coronavirus which is making a strong comeback and threatens to overwhelm health services, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday October 12, 2020, to close ads in Liverpool and reactivate three hospitals campaign set up in the spring.

With more than 42,800 deaths, unparalleled in Europe, and nearly 618,000 positive cases, the United Kingdom is facing a new wave of contaminations now affecting its entire territory and all its age groups.

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“Crush the virus wherever it appears”

“These numbers flash like warnings on an airplane’s dashboard. We must act now, " said Boris Johnson, saying he is determined to " to crush the virus wherever it appears " through a simplified and unified version of the local restrictions imposed in recent weeks, which are aimed at avoiding general containment.

While these now affect a quarter of the British population, especially in the North, the diversity of restrictions from one region to another made them unreadable to some.

Three levels depending on the situation

This is why the Prime Minister announced on Monday, in front of the deputies and then in front of the nation, a new alert system at three levels - "medium", "high" and "very high" - supposed to simplify from Wednesday 14 October the current patchwork of restrictions for England alone, the other nations being competent to apply their own device.

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The first level corresponds to the measures valid for the whole of England: gatherings limited to six people and closing at 10 p.m. for pubs and restaurants. At "high", in areas currently under local restrictions, meetings between different households will be prohibited indoors.

In regions at "very high" level, additional measures will be applied with the support of the local authorities, supported if necessary by the army.

In the Liverpool area (nearly 1.5 million people), in the north-west, an agreement has been reached to close pubs, bars, gyms and casinos, while discussions are underway with elected from other areas of northern England.

"I know how difficult it is but we cannot let down the National Health Service when lives are at stake", pleaded the Prime Minister in front of the deputies, faced with the discontent of a part of his camp opposed to overly restrictive, economically difficult measures.

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"This is not how we want to live, but it is the narrow path that we must trace between the socio-economic damage of a complete containment and the economic cost of an epidemic out of control" , he justified.

The health authorities have warned about the worrying situation in hospitals. The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in England is now higher than it was when confinement was declared in late March. In the most affected regions, hospital services that are not directly responsible for the epidemic are starting to see their functioning affected.

Three field hospitals again deployed

To help the health system, three of the large field hospitals set up in disaster in the spring, and since put on hiatus, have been instructed "to mobilize for the next few weeks to be ready to welcome patients if necessary, ” announced the medical director of the health service for England Stephen Powis.

These establishments are located in the North, but more may follow.

The new restrictions have been greeted with hostility by local elected officials in the north of England, who consider the employment support measures put in place by the executive insufficient and fear that their financial balance will be jeopardized.

Worried about a "catastrophic" effect on the nightlife of measures "unfair and without scientific logic", the federation of bars and nightclubs NTIA has announced that it wants to challenge them in court.

On Friday, the government announced new employment assistance measures targeting businesses that are forced to remain closed because of business restrictions to fight the pandemic.

These companies will receive up to 3,000 pounds (nearly 3,310 €) per month and their employees will be compensated up to two-thirds of their usual salary.

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