England imposes another one month national lockdown as UK passes 1m covid-19 cases
London, Oct. 31, 2020 (AltAfrica)-England has gone into a second national lockdown .Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the second national lockdown for England as the UK passed one million Covid-19 cases.
Non-essential shops and hospitality will have to close for a month, according to the BBC report
But unlike the restriction in the spring, schools and colleges are to stay open.
It comes as documents suggested the UK was on course for a much higher death toll than during the first wave.
The lockdown includes restrictions on travel and is due to come into force on Thursday, lasting until 2 December
The UK recorded another 21,915 confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 1,011,660.
Another 326 people were reported to have died within 28 days of a positive test.
The UK is the ninth country to reach the milestone of a million cases – after the US, India, Brazil, Russia, France, Spain, Argentina and Colombia.
But the true number of infections is expected to be higher due to a lack of widespread testing at the start of the pandemic.
Boris Johnson has so far resisted pressure to introduce nationwide restrictions, saying they would be “disastrous” for the UK’s finances and opting instead for a three-tiered system targeting local areas in England.
Ahead of the news conference, school and university unions called for education institutions to be closed and for teaching to move online in another national lockdown.
The National Education Union said it would be “self-defeating” to ignore how schools helped to spread the virus.
And “the health and safety of the country is being put at risk” by the insistence on keeping in-person teaching on campuses, the University and College Union said.