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England Enters Month-Long Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Surge
As much of the world enters the winter season, experts have been predicting an increase in new COVID-19 cases across the globe. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen surges across the United States, and now Europe is buckling down for a second wave surge.
With coronavirus cases passing the one million mark, England is set to enter its second national lockdown. The four-week shutdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday, saying, “We must act now to contain the autumn surge.”
The strict lockdown will include the closure of pubs, restaurants and non-essential businesses, including hair salons and gyms. Schools, universities and playgrounds will stay open. People will only be able to leave their homes for a select number of reasons, including education, work (if they are unable to work from home), to shop for food, for health reasons, or for exercise and recreation outdoors, either with that person’s household or with one person from another household.
These restrictions will stay in place until December 2 when Johnson hopes the virus will be under control. There are now more than 1 million confirmed cases in the UK, with 21,915 new cases reported on Saturday, taking the total to 1,011,660. There were 326 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 46,555. The Office for National Statistics estimates that 1 in 100 people in England have the virus.
This news comes just days after Ireland become the first European country to return to a nationwide lockdown. France and Germany have also returned to nationwide shutdowns with France’s set to last for a minimum of four weeks.
With the holiday travel season just around the corner, we remind everyone to remain safe and air on the side of caution when making decisions about travel.