By Tony Winterburn • 09 September 2020 • 20:05
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said ‘we must act to stop the rise in cases to avoid another lockdown’.
Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street today, Boris Johnson announced new “rule of six” restrictions. New measures include hospitality venues, such as pubs, having to legally record people’s details with fines being issued if they don’t.
Special ‘COVID Secure Marshalls’ will also be introduced in town and city centres that local authorities can draw upon to ensure social distancing is kept to. Measures at the border will be stepped up to ensure quarantine rules are adhered to, said the PM.
Mr Johnson also outlined a “moonshot” plan to control the virus with mass testing, this comes as the UK reported another 2,659 coronavirus cases, the fourth day running of over 2,000 reported cases. “I want to be absolutely clear, these measures are not another national lockdown. The whole point of them is to avoid a second national lockdown,” Mr Johnson said. He added, “it breaks my heart to have to insist on these restrictions”.
Mr Johnson also revealed that there would be a full range of measures put in place to enforce coronavirus restrictions more effectively:
The prime minister also said that the government was “working hard” to increase testing capacity to half-a-million tests a day by the end of October. He added they also want to use a new type of test “in the near future” to identify people who do not have coronavirus, and are not infectious so they can live life “in a more normal way”.
He said these swab or saliva tests could be turned around in 90 or even 20 minutes, with millions processed each day – a “moonshot” effort to restore more normal life even if a vaccine or treatment is not available very soon.
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