As if the effect of the first national lockdown is not bad enough, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce a second national lockdown next week following expert advice that it could be the most effective way to keep the second wave in check.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus is spreading faster in the UK than the government envisaged according to a recent survey. The Government’s reasonable worst-case scenario has been utilised by the NHS and officials to prepare for the following months ahead.
According to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), people are catching the virus approximately “four times” than originally anticipated, with the government predicting there would be 85,000 COVID-19 related death over the winter.
With the worst situation on the ground, it’s expected that Mr Johnson will place the country on a full lockdown to save lives – which will be announced next week according to a cabinet source.
But the full lockdown could allow essential shops to operate and educational programs which will include nurseries, schools and universities, and if implemented, it could remain in place until the end of the year.
While considering the national lockdown as an effective measure to curb the virus, it’s also vital to think of its effect on the nation’s economy, however, it’s also possible that Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have carefully thought of how to navigate around the unavoidable damaging effect it’ll have on the economy.
Scientists backed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and senior minister Michael Gove, allegedly told Mr Johnson that it’s now too late for a “circuit break” suggesting that the best approach now would be a longer national lockdown.
There’s concern that if the national lockdown rule is not implemented hospitals could run out of beds. Friday saw another 24,405 cases in the UK bringing the total number of positive tests recorded to 989,745, according to official figures, with 274 deaths within 28 days of a positive test as reported on Friday.