Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that pubs, restaurants and bars in hard hit coronavirus hotspots will be facing fresh restrictions.
Pubs face new restrictions: Latest figures show that 17,540 new cases have been recorded across the country as of 9am on Thursday. While more than a 1,000 people have been hospitalised in England compared to last week. Mr Hancock said that the situation is very serious. And he is worried about the number of cases growing in parts of the country.
Earlier, Downing Street announced on Thursday that a range of different measures are being studied to curb the rise. And that the north of England is of particular note as this is where numbers are rising the fastest. There is also speculation that if the virus gets out of control the NHS will be overwhelmed.
Additionally, Professor John Edmunds, who works for the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said that the north of the country is not far away from being overstretched. And even if the pandemic is halted now cases would not show for another week or two. It is reported that Government sources are planning the closure of pubs in the worst hit areas. Also that financial packages will be made available to those industries hardest hit.
Ministers are coming under pressure to act fast. As Scotland announced their fresh restrictions on the hospitality sector. The official spokesman for the Prime Minister said “Early data does suggest that a significant proportion of exposure to the virus is seen in the hospitality sector. And that is even more pronounced in younger age groups where we have been seeing the most rapid rise in infections.
He finished off by saying that the data is new and will continue to be reviewed. However, it is not yet in a position to be published.
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