United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the government’s decision to impose a second lockdown in England to curb the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
United Kingdom (U.K.) Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the government’s decision to impose a second lockdown in England to curb the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
“Faced with these latest figures, there is no alternative but to take further action at a national level,” Johnson said in parliament last Nov. 2, citing that scientists suggested that the number of deaths would double over the winter if no action was taken.
“I believe it was right to try every possible option to get this virus under control at a local level with strong local action and strong local leadership,” Johnson also said, referring to the previously imposed three-tier system of local alert levels.
“I make absolutely no apology whatever for doing my level best — our level best as a government — to avoid going back into a national lockdown,” Johnson further said.
Johnson also said that members of the parliament would vote on additional restrictions when the second lockdown ends on Dec. 2.
Johnson announced last Oct. 31 that England would undergo a lockdown from Nov. 5 to Dec. 2, replacing the local restrictions set by the three-tier system.
Under the new restrictions, people are required to stay at home, except for specific essential purposes such as medical concerns, shopping for basic necessities, and education. Those who can work from home are required to do so.
Also, restaurants, bars, and pubs are required to close, except for deliver and takeout.
According to government data, the U.K. has reported 1,053,864 cases.