London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell people on Tuesday to work from home and will impose new curbs on pubs, bars, and restaurants in a bid to tackle the swiftly accelerating second wave of the corona virus outbreak.
In an address to parliament at 1130 GMT and then to the nation at 1900 GMT, Johnson will stop some ways short of a full national lockdown of the sort he imposed in March.
We know this won’t be easy, but we must take further action to control the resurgence in cases of the virus and protect the NHS, Johnson will say, according to the excerpts of his remarks distributed by his Downing Street office.
The measures come after senior medics warned on Monday that Britain faced an exponentially growing death rate within weeks unless urgent action was taken.
New Corona virus cases are rising by at least 6,000 a day in Britain, according to week-old data, hospital admissions are doubling every eight days, and the testing system is buckling.
The new curbs will restrict the hospitality sector to table service only, by law. Just weeks after urging people to start returning to work, Johnson will advise them to work from home if they can. He will also order all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality sites across England to start closing at 10 p.m. from Thursday.