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UK PM spells out new Covid restrictions

By The SATimes News Service

London: In preparation for a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a slew of restrictions for England, which could last for up to six months.

Addressing the UK Parliament on September 22, Johnson said the country was at a ‘perilous turning point’ and he had to act now to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The UK PM confirmed that pubs, bars, and other hospitality venues will have to close at 10 pm starting September 24. He also urged the people of England to work from home if possible.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he also announced a ban on indoor team sports and cancelled plans to allow partial return of sports fans to stadiums from October 1.

Only 15 people will be able to attend weddings and civil partnerships, in groups of six. Funerals can still take place with up to 30 people.

Without ruling out a second lockdown, the PM said that he is prepared for harsher moves if the new measures do not cut down the spread of the virus.

The UK at the moment has the biggest official Covid-19 death toll in Europe — and the fifth largest in the world and the new Covid-19 cases are rising by at least 6,000 per day in Britain, according to week-old data.

The number of UK cases rose by 4,926 on September 22 government figures showed, with deaths increasing by 37.

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