The UK’s coronavirus alert level has moved to four, meaning transmission is âhigh or rising exponentiallyâ. More than 4,000 new cases were recorded yesterday, with the country now in the grip of a second wave
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Boris Johnson has laid out the next series of coronavirus restrictions in Parliament, warning the UK is at a “perilous tipping point”.
People will be fined Â£200 for failing to wear masks where required â or breaching the so-called “rule of six”.
However, construction workers, retail staff and people performing essential services can continue to attend their workplaces.
Johnson warned the new curbs could last for six months – taking them well beyond Christmas â “unless we palpably make progress”.
He told the House of Commons: “We always knew that while we might have driven the virus into retreat, the prospect of a second wave was real.
“I’m sorry to say that, as in Spain and France and many other countries, we have reached a perilous turning point.”
The UKâs Covid-19 alert level was earlier moved up from three to four, meaning transmission is âhigh or rising exponentiallyâ.
He added: âThis country now faces a tipping point in its response and it is vital everybody plays their part now to stop the spread of the virus and protect lives.â
More than 175 pub chiefs signed an open letter to the PM predicting that a curfew â or stronger measures such as a second national lockdown â would be disastrous.
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