World News – GB – Statement by the British Prime Minister Commons on the coronavirus October 12, 2020


Mr President, with your permission I will make a statement on our continued fight against the coronavirus

This morning, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer exposed the harsh reality of the second wave of this virus

and of course there are those who say that with this logic we should go back to full national lockdown

we would damage our economy to the point of eroding our long-term ability to fund the NHS and other crucial public services

And on the other side of the argument, there are those who believe that the public’s patience is now exhausted

stay away, let nature take its course and put an end to these repressions of freedom

I understand the frustration of those who get irritated by the restrictions, the sacrifices they have made

so dismal mathematics dictates that we would not only suffer from an intolerable death toll from Covid,

that our doctors and nurses would simply be unable to focus on other treatments

and I’m afraid that is not an answer to say that we could let the virus take hold among the young and fit

because the virus would then spread at such a rate in the general population that there would be no way to prevent it from spreading among the elderly

and therefore since June we have followed a balanced approach with the support of many Members from across the House

Mr President, I take no pleasure in placing restrictions on these businesses, many of which have gone to great lengths to reopen as securely as possible

If this box is not checked, each person infected with the virus will infect on average between 27 and 3 others

In recent months, we’ve been working with local leaders to counter local peaks with targeted restrictions

But this local approach inevitably produced different sets of rules in different parts of the country

by introducing a three-tier system of local Covid alert levels in England – set at medium, high and very high

The « medium » alert level, which will cover most of the country, and will include current national measures

This is mainly aimed at reducing household-to-household transmission, by preventing any mixing between different households or by promoting bubbles inside

In these areas, the rule of six will continue to apply outdoors, where it is more difficult for the virus to spread, in public spaces as well as in private gardens

Most areas already subject to local restrictions will automatically switch to the « high » alert level

Due to increasing infection rates, Nottinghamshire, East and West Cheshire and a small area of ​​High Peak will also move to the ‘high’ alert level

The ‘very high’ alert level will apply where transmission rates are increasing fastest and where the NHS may soon be under unbearable pressure without further restrictions

In these areas, the government will establish a benchmark to prohibit social diversity indoors and in private gardens

so in each area, we will work with local government leaders on further action to be taken

As my right honorable friend the Chancellor has indicated, the government will expand its unprecedented economic support to help those affected by these decisions,

extending our employment support program to cover two-thirds of the salaries of employees of any business that has to close,

and giving these companies a cash grant of up to £ 3,000 per month, instead of £ 1,500 every three weeks

We will also be providing local authorities across England with new financial support of around £ 1bn, on top of our £ 36 billion cities fund

And for very high areas, we will provide additional financial support for local testing and tracing and local application

and assistance from the armed forces – not for law enforcement, but rather to support local services, if desired in the local area

Mr President, I can say that we were able to reach an agreement with the leaders of Merseyside

Local authorities in the Liverpool region will move to the « very high » alert level from Wednesday

In addition to the baseline that I have described i.e. as well as pubs and bars, in gyms and leisure centers in Merseyside, betting shops, sports centers adult games and casinos will also close

I would like to express my thanks to Steve Rotheram and his colleagues for their cooperation in very difficult circumstances

Engagement with other leaders in the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humber continues

I know how difficult it is – they like it, like everyone in the House we are in very real dilemmas – but we cannot let the NHS fall apart when lives are in Game

So let me repeat the offer we are making to these local authorities – work with us on these difficult but necessary measures in areas that are considered very high, in return for:

I think not to act would be unforgivable, so I hope that rapid progress can be made in the days to come

Regulations for the three local Covid alert levels are being drafted today They will be debated and voted on tomorrow, before coming into force on Wednesday

We will also keep these measures under constant surveillance, including a four week sunset clause for interventions in « very high » areas

A postcode search on govuk, as well as the NHS Covid-19 app, will show what local alert level applies in each area

and we’re also posting updated tips to explain what Covid alert levels mean for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable

And while these levels apply specifically to England, we continue to work closely with devs to tackle this virus across the UK

and with constantly improving therapies, with the mountains of PPE and ventilators we have stocked

With all the lessons we have learned over the past few months, we are getting better and better at fighting this virus

and I must again warn the House that the weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult

GovernorUnited Kingdom Covid, gov, British govcoronavirus

News from the world – GB – Statement by the British Prime Minister Commons on the coronavirus October 12, 2020



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