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England heads back into lockdown for a month

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England is being sent back inside, a return to a national lockdown after a troublesome surge of Covid-19 cases. Yesterday another 21,915 people were registered as new cases, and 326 died across the UK. Since the start of the pandemic in the UK there have been 1,011,660 cases and 46,555 deaths, a statistical death rate of 4.5%.

The BritishPM Boris Johnson says the second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the country’s health service.

The UK which has ended up with the highest official death toll in Europe from Covid-19, is tying to cope with more than 20,000+ new cases a day. Health officials are warning of a “worst case scenario” of 80,000+ dead.

The news of the new lockdown measures was leaked to the media so Mr. Johnson had to hastily convene a public press announcement. He says that the 1-month lockdown across England will start after midnight on Thursday and last until December 2.

People will only be allowed to leave home for specific reasons such as education, hopping for essentials, work, exercise or caring for the vulnerable.

“We must act now. Unless we act, we could see deaths in this country running at several thousand a day.”

The government is reviving its emergency coronavirus wage subsidy scheme to ensure workers who are temporarily laid off during a new England-wide lockdown receive 80% of their pay.

• Essential shops, schools, and universities will remain open

• Elite sports will continue, amateur sports for adults and children will be asked to stop

• Pubs and restaurants will be shut apart from for takeaways

• Outbound international travel will be discouraged, except for work

• All non-essential retail will close

• Places of worship will remain open for private prayer, tfunerals will be limited to close family members only

The measures bring England into line with measures in France and Germany. Johnson was earlier criticised by political opponents for moving too slowly to initiate the first national lockdown, which ended up running from March 23 to July 4. The British PM eventually succumbed to a bout with Covid-19 in late March and was hospitalised in early April.

Mr. Johnson has been saying for months that it will not be necessary.

 

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    Issan John

    Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    … exactly why Thailand should never go down the same path just to please a few selfish foreign tourists and save a small part of its insurance industry in the short term, at the expense of sacrificing its overall economy and daily life and normality for all Thais.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      sorry, that should be “tourist industry”, not “insurance industry”.

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      Turtle's Head

      Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      Shut your trap you clueless moron!!!
      You know absolutely NOTHING!!!
      Stats just for you as you love quoting them:

      Flu Deaths in England and Wales.
      2014/2015: 28,300
      2015/2016: 11,875
      2016/2017: 18,009
      2018/2019: 26,408
      2019/2020: 394

      Pnuemonia Deaths in England and Wales.
      2014:30,000+
      2015: 30,000+
      2016: 30,000+
      2017: 30,000+
      2020: 13,624

      Around 20,000 less flu deaths than the average, 17,000 less pneumonia deaths than the average.

      I believe thats 37,000 average deaths that just vanished!

      Deaths from the total bollocks Covid-19….
      Around 40,000.
      Such a coincidence, don’t you think?
      People like you are exactly what governments need. Blind sheep that are EASILY misled and are full of media-induced fear!

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        Mike Frenchie

        Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 10:36 pm

        Brilliant analysis!

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      Pierre

      Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      The tourists don’t ask anything, only the Thai tourist industry want them to come back to Thailand. The tourists only do what they’re invited and allowed to do. If Thailand does not open it’s border they will find another destination to spend their money without a tear to shed, the whole world is beautiful. Find the guts to accuse the right people of selfishness!

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      Mike Frenchie

      Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      Bad luck, vaccines will not reach more than 50-70% effectiveness, you plan to send the million of Thais working in the tourism back to the rice field? Herd immunity will be central in the future.

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        Don R

        Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 3:50 pm

        Like most East Asian nations, Thais probably already have partial immunity from past exposure to similar cold/flu bugs. I’m guessing that this is the main reason they’ve been so “successful” at keeping Covid at bay, whereas none of these harebrained ideas about masks and distancing seem to work in the West.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Apologies accepted John, but don’t let it happen again.

    Signed selfish foreign tourist.

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    Al

    Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    All those numbers…….. how many of the “cases” and now “infected” blasted on the telescreen and snewspapers, actually go on to die? In Thailand it’s been thousands and yet the number of fatalities is…….58?

    Want a laugh? Can you believe that the Daily Mail (UK) put this out as a headline??!
    Here –
    ‘Has Covid killed off the flu? Experts pose the intriguing question as influenza cases nosedive by 98% across the globe’…

    How CON-venient. Ever get the feeling that you’ve been fooled? Nurses informed me, myself, (yes, humble moi) back in March/April that it was all a load of BS.

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