The British Government today insisted that a second national confinement is not the right approach to deal with the second wave in the UK's covid-19 pandemic, contrary to what other European countries are doing.
A day after France and Germany announced new measures at the national level to contain outbreaks of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths, British Community Minister Robert Jenrick reiterated his determination to maintain the approach at the local level.
“We don't want a second national confinement. We know that it has some effect in containing the virus, but we also know that it has a huge impact on other aspects of life such as people's livelihoods and health and well-being in general, so we will do everything we can to avoid this situation, ”he told Sky News today.
Jenrick said that the Government will continue with the "local and scaled approach by taking action where the virus is strongest".
The Boris Johnson Government has developed a system of three levels of restrictions applied regionally according to the prevalence of the virus only in England, as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland determine their own health rules.
However, the latest results from an ongoing study on the prevalence of coronavirus in England published today suggest that the rise in infections is not just limited to northern England, as it has been in recent weeks.
The study, based on a sample of more than 85.000 people randomly selected in England at the end of October, points to about 96 new cases of contagion every day.
Although the infection rate is higher among the 18 and 24 year olds, less susceptible to developing complications, the number of cases has more than tripled among people aged 55-64 years.
One of the study's leaders, Paul Elliott, of the Imperial School of London, admitted that this increase in the prevalence of the disease at national level is “worrying”, which will cause more hospitalizations and deaths.
"We are also detecting early signs that areas that previously had low infection rates are following the trends observed in the most affected areas of the country," he said.
With 45.675 officially registered deaths, the United Kingdom is the European country with the highest number of covid-19 deaths and the fifth worldwide, behind the USA, Brazil, India and Mexico.