EDINBURGH, Scotland – It’s only been a few weeks since people in the UK started planning a relatively normal Christmas season with their families thanks to the pandemic pandemic rules. Now that the mutated coronavirus variant is fueling a near vertical surge in new daily cases, large swaths of the country are starting the new year with the toughest lockdowns again.
The speed of processing was amazing and terrifying. At the end of November, the number of cases in the UK was around 13 following a nationwide lockdown in England. 000 per day decreased. Now the country has over 50 for six days in a row. 000 cases registered. The message to the world seems clear: the new variant is spreading faster, and without strict preventive measures, it will happen to you too.
Britain’s upswing is coming despite the proposed Christmas Relaxation being scrapped, schools closing for Christmas and the largest city, London, on the top tier of lockdown for two weeks. Experts have been warning for weeks that the new variant will spread so quickly that rules that may have been worked out in the last year are no longer sufficient. The political leaders are now trying to figure out how to set it back or face disaster.
Scotland went first. The decentralized nationalist government had already closed the border with England after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the new variant was running wild in the south. On Monday, Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced a lockdown that was just as strict as in the spring. Their message: stay at home and keep your children away from school or we will be just as confused as England.
Sturgeon has estimated that Scotland is now about four weeks behind England’s boom, but the new rules that force Scots into law not to leave their homes but for some essential purposes are intended to keep the country from spiraling out of control like their neighbors. Scotland accepts 188. 3 cases per 100. 000, less than half the rate of England in the past seven days, according to government figures.
Meanwhile, Johnson has been under a lot of pressure to prevail as cases have seen tip-to-tip-to-tip in England. This could come to an end on Monday as the prime minister will address the nation warning that measures need to be tightened. However, it is not clear what exactly the new promotion will look like.
When asked why it took him so long to do something, Johnson said, « We have been waiting to see the impact of Tier 4 measures on the virus and it is still somewhat unclear at this point. But if you look at the numbers, there is no question that we need to take tougher measures and we will announce those in due course. ”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted that the rules that have been in place since the lockdown last spring “are no longer strong enough. ”
Even more worrying, however, is Hancock’s belief that the new British variant may not even pose the greatest threat to an already entangled nation. He said Monday he was « incredibly concerned » about a South African variant that was seen as even more transmissible than the UK – and two cases of it have been confirmed in the UK.
Hancock told the BBC on Monday: “This is a very, very significant problem. . . even more of a problem than the U. . K. . new variant. ”
One reason for this concern could be that British experts have openly asked whether the current vaccines against the South African mutant will work. John Bell, professor at Oxford University and state vaccine advisor, said there was a « big question mark » as to whether existing vaccines will work on the South African variant.
It is clear that Britain is in a bad position. What is much less clear is whether this is as bad as it gets, whether new measures are enough to control the mutant virus, and what happens if an even worse one takes hold.
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