British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the introduction of a third national quarantine in the country because of the pandemic coronavirus.
Johnson said the new strain of coronavirus is spreading at a “frightening rate.” “Clearly, a third national lockdown is needed,” the prime minister said.
As of Tuesday, Jan. 5, he said, English schools will switch to remote work mode; only children of “key” professions, such as doctors, social workers, firefighters, police officers, couriers, and salespeople, will be allowed to go to school. Citizens will only be allowed to leave home to go for a walk, to the doctor, or to the store. People with severe chronic diseases are recommended not to leave home at all.
Earlier doctors of regions of Great Britain offered to raise the threat level from coronavirus in the country to the maximum. In addition, medical experts have warned of the risk of overheating the health system in the next three weeks. According to their data, currently, the spread of coronavirus among the population is very high, also the number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals and intensive care units is increasing.
On Monday, Jan. 4, the number of coronavirus cases detected in Britain overnight was a record 58,784 since the pandemic began. Over the past week, more than 50,000 cases per day have been recorded every day.