In England, a partial lockdown with far-reaching restrictions on public life has been in force since today to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants, cultural facilities, sports centers and leisure facilities have to close, but schools and universities remain open.
Unlike in Austria, retailers will also stay closed for a month – apart from supermarkets and other stores considered necessary.
The people should only leave their homes until December 2 for good reason – for work, sports, recreation and care of relatives, for example.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own rules for virus control. In the past, public life there was already largely shut down for a limited period of time.
Highest warning level in the health system
In addition, the NHS now has the highest warning level. It is heading for a “serious situation”, said NHS England head Simon Stevens. In the northwest of the country, a quarter of the planned operations had already had to be postponed in October because of Covid-19 cases. This will also increase in other regions.
With currently almost 11,000 Covid-19 patients in English hospitals, more people are already in hospitals in many regions than in the first wave in April, Stevens said in a BBC interview. The affected patients are currently already able to fill 22 hospitals completely.
According to the NHS England, 20,000 patients in the hospitals is the upper limit. This could be reached within a few weeks, if the infection rates do not drop drastically, health experts warn.
Source: ORF.at/agencies. Picture: pixabay.com
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