The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced that the country will be entering a full month of lockdown following coronavirus cases topping over one million, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.
The lockdown is scheduled to take place from November 5 to December 2, the Associated Press reported. The lockdown measures will severely impact business operations and day to day life in the U.K. Hair salons, gyms, and all non-essential businesses will be closed during the lockdown period. Although, playgrounds and schools are to remain open.
The death toll in the U.K linked to COVID-19 is more than 46,000, with more than 300 deaths occurring on a daily basis.
“Unless we act, we could see deaths in this country running at several thousand a day,” Johnson said in a statement. “We know the cost of these restrictions.”
Johnson was one of the first world leaders to contract COVID-19 in March this year, which saw him requiring hospitalization and spending several days in an intensive care unit.
Johnson stated on Saturday that some parts of Europe were afflicted by the virus spreading even faster than “the reasonable worst-case scenarios” suggested by experts. He said a lack of action may result in hospitals struggling to cope with the intake of patients across the country.
“The virus is doubling faster than we can conceivably increase [hospital] capacity,” Johnson said.
Johnson has allowed provisions for people to go to school or work if they cannot work from home, and only one member from each household may go outside for exercise at any given time. Persons can also attend medical appointments and shop for essential goods.
“I’m under no illusions about how difficult this will be for businesses which have already had to endure such hardship this year, and I am truly, truly sorry for that,” Johnson stated, adding that the government will be extending its furlough protection program.