In the United Kingdom, there are no signs of an early end of the third lockdown in view of the Coronavirus. The government has warned that removing the restrictions so soon may prove dangerous. Prime Minister Boris Jhonson and Home Minister Priti Patel have not repeated their previous assurances, stating that the situation will return to normal in the UK by April. Significantly, a large-scale vaccination program is on in Britain right now, so that 50 lakh people can be vaccinated.
Both the PM and the Home Minister have insisted on tightening the current restrictions. The thing to note here is that despite the restrictions, a large number of people are flouting the rules. This is making it difficult to control the virus. Home Minister Patel said that the penalty for joining house parties has been increased to 800 pounds (about 80 thousand rupees). At the same time, when he was asked whether people should prepare for summer vacation, he said that at the moment everyone is advised to stay in homes.
The coming few weeks will be tough: PM Johnson
The Home Minister said, it is too early to say or guess anything about the removal of the restrictions. The country is currently in the grip of an epidemic. Earlier, PM Johnson was asked if the lockdown could continue till summer, so he too did not deny this. Johnson warned, “The new strain of Corona is more contagious and the coming weeks are going to be tough in the UK.”
Pressure on Johnson to relax the lockdown
The statements of both the leaders are creating an indifferent atmosphere, as some leaders said that the work of reopening the economy could start from the first week of March. Johnson is under pressure from members of the Conservative Party, who are continuously pressuring him to relax the lockdown. The number of coronavirus infections in Britain is more than 3.5 million and so far more than 93 thousand people have died.