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Coronavirus: “We must act” to prevent re-blocking, the prime minister said

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Coronavirus: "We must act" to prevent re-blocking, the prime minister said

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Media headlineThe prime minister said the new measures “are not yet another national quarantine.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “we must act” to avoid new isolation as cases of the virus are on the rise in England.

He established a new Rule of Six limiting meetings to six peoplethe police can impose fines or arrests.

Mr Johnson also outlined a “lunar” plan to fight the virus with mass testing, possibly by next spring.

This is due to the fact that the UK has 2,659 more cases of coronavirus, which for the fourth day in a row exceeded 2,000 reported cases.

“I want to be absolutely clear that these measures are not just another national isolation. The whole point is to avoid a second national isolation, ”Johnson said at the first coronavirus briefing on Downing Street since July.

He added that “it hurts me to insist on these restrictions.”

Over the past week, the number of cases has increased from 12.5 per 100,000 to 19.7 per 100,000 in the UK.

The coronavirus was more common among young people, with 54 cases per 100,000 in the 19-21 age group.

Mr. Johnson also announced that:

  • Places such as pubs and restaurants will be required by law to request each visitor’s contact information, store it for 21 days and provide it to NHS Test and Trace. They face a £ 1,000 fine if they disobey
  • Opening hours may be limited in some locations, as happened in Bolton, where establishments are expected to close between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am.
  • “Covid Defense Marshals” will be introduced to help ensure social distancing in cities and city centers.
  • Passenger search form to be completed by travelers arriving in the UK to comply with quarantine rules will be simplified and border control will strengthen controls
  • Plans to try out wider audiences at sites later this month will be revisited and the government revises its plan to admit spectators to sports stadiums from October 1
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Mr. Johnson said the rules “became quite complex and confusing” and the government “simplified and strengthened” them following police and public feedback.

But Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said the new assembly rules reflect that “poor communication was a big part of the problem” with the spread of the virus.

Sir Keir said the government also needed to improve testing, which was “ubiquitous,” following reports that some people could not sign up for tests.

The prime minister said the government was “working on” increasing the testing capacity of 500,000 tests a day at the end of October, but urged people to only order a test if they had coronavirus symptoms.

He said they also want to use new types of tests “in the near future” to identify people who do not have coronavirus and who are not contagious so that they can live “more normal lives.”

He said these swabs or saliva tests can be done in 90 or even 20 minutes, with millions being processed every day.

The prime minister referred to the Apollo space program, describing the “giant collaborative effort” of that test program as a “moon shot” that could restore a more normal lifestyle even if a vaccine or treatment is not available.

“Vulnerable in the spotlight behind the scenes”

Despite all the talk about vaccines and rapid testing, it was clear – of course, listening to the UK’s chief medical advisor, Professor Chris Whitty – that this winter was going to be tough.

Respiratory viruses are generally better tolerated in fall and winter due to colder weather and the fact that people socialize more indoors. This is why every winter we see cases of influenza and, unfortunately, deaths.

Many experts believe the same will happen in the coming months, despite recent measures.

This means that the government has to make very difficult decisions. It must balance the impact of further restrictions, which could cause other harm to health, as well as education and the economy, with the risk of the spread of the virus.

The audience plays a huge role. But that alone may not be enough.

Behind the scenes, there is a lot of focus on how to protect the vulnerable – this could mean closing nursing homes and re-asking people to protect them.

But the UK is in a stronger position than it was at the start of the pandemic. Isolation bought time.

Better treatments are available, and while many testing and tracking challenges remain, existing systems are a step up from where we were when the virus first hit the UK.

These new tests will be conducted with audiences attending indoor and outdoor areas in Salford starting next month.

But the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said the technology needed to be “rigorously tested” and it would be “completely wrong to assume this is a successful dunk.”

Chief Physician Professor Chris Whitty acknowledged that the measures that needed to be taken against the coronavirus were “harming” socially, economically and people with other diseases.

“We have to do this because the alternative is worse,” he said.

He added that “the period from now until spring will be difficult,” and people should not view the restrictions “as a very short-term thing,” because they are unlikely to be lifted in just two or three weeks.

Mr. Johnson said it was “too early to talk” about the possibility of hosting big parties at Christmas, but added that he “still hopes” that some aspects of life can return to normal by the holiday season.

He said the restrictions would only apply “as long as necessary.”

“I’m sorry about that. I wish we didn’t take this step, but as your prime minister, I must do whatever is necessary to stop the spread of the virus and save lives, ”he said.

The new Rule of Six means:

  • Public gatherings more than six people in England will not be permitted by law Monday 14 September
  • New rule applies to people in private homes, indoors and outdoorsas well as in places such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and open public places.
  • it applies to all ages
  • The rule does not apply to schools and workplaces, weddings, funerals and team sports
  • Full list of exclusions must be published before the law changes
  • people who ignores the police can be fined £ 100 – doubling for each violation up to a maximum amount of £ 3200.

Metropolitan Police Federation Chairman Ken Marsh said the new rules were “very flimsy” and would be difficult to enforce.

Currently, the guidance says that two households of any size are allowed to meet indoors or outdoors, or up to six people from different households outdoors. Until now, the police did not have the authority to stop assemblies if they did not exceed 30.

The number of people allowed to meet inside or outside varies across four UK countries. If you are meeting indoors: up to eight people from three different families can meet in Scotland; up to six people from two households in Northern Ireland; up to four households can form an “extended family” in Wales

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Prominent colonel criticizes Russian invasion of Ukraine on Russian state television: ‘We must be prepared to lose this war’

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José Milhazes and Nuno Rogueiro reviewed Tuesday an interview with Mikhail Khodaryonok, “the most respected colonel,” a Russian military analyst and anti-aircraft missile specialist. According to SIC observers, the colonel warned Russia and said that Ukraine was capable of arming one million people.

“He said: “We, Russia, are not in a position to resist or win over a million well-armed people. (…) They are more motivated than ever, well prepared and trained,” Nuno Rogueiro translated.

Mikhail Khodarenok also stated on a Russian state television program that Russia could lose the war and that the world is against the Putin regime.

However, Jose Milhazes believes that the statements of the famous Russian colonel “will not change the mentality of Russians if coffins do not start appearing in Russia en masse.”

As for the fate of the Azovstal soldiers evacuated on Monday from a compound in Mariupol and taken to Russian-controlled areas, Milkhazes said that Russia would try to “roll back the process” and “detain the Ukrainian military.” The SIC commentator echoed the Kremlin spokesman’s claim that international laws would be respected and warned: “There is a law in Russia that states that domestic laws take precedence over international ones.”

In turn, Nuno Rogueiro does not believe that Russia can lightly decide to violate the agreement. “Russia will not have much interest in assuaging a grudge and losing something that it can still gain in the process.” He added that, according to his own information, Russia “was solemnly warned” by the United States that it would “suffer hitherto unimaginable consequences” if it attacked soldiers at Azovstal.

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After the surrender at Azovstal, the fate of Ukrainian soldiers is unclear – Obozrevatel

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The withdrawal of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who had been at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol since the beginning of the war raised the question: what was the fate of those who surrendered? Ukraine has announced that a prisoner exchange will take place, while Russia is showing signs that the men, who remained for months at the factory in Russian-controlled territory, have another destination.

On the day of the surrender, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine confirmed the withdrawal of 53 soldiers who needed medical attention and another 211 soldiers who were inside the Azovstal steel plant. All were transported to regions controlled by the troops of Vladimir Putin.

Although a Ukrainian official said the aim is to exchange these soldiers for Russian prisoners of war, the Kremlin’s position is still unclear, especially after one of the deputies involved in the peace talks with Kyiv came to defend the death penalty for soldiers withdrawn from Azovstal. .

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If Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured that the soldiers would be treated “in accordance with international standards,” then so be it. that Russia should “think well” about imposing capital punishment on the members of the Azov battalion, who have now been withdrawn from the Azovstal metallurgical plant.

“They do not deserve to live after the heinous crimes against humanity that they have committed and that are constantly being committed against our prisoners,” he said, quoted by Reuters.

Already on Tuesday it became known that on May 26 the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will decide on the recognition of the Azov battalion as a terrorist organization. According to the Interfax news agency, cited by the BBC, it will be Russian justice that will “judge the nationalist paramilitary association Azov, deciding whether it is a” terrorist organization “.

According to the Russian news agency RIA, Russian MP Sultan Khamzaev also said that “all nationalists should be convicted for the grave crimes they have committed” and sentenced to “life imprisonment.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will be so involved in the war in Ukraine that he will make military decisions, which are usually the responsibility of colonels or brigadier generals, usually leading teams of 700 to 900 troops, Western military sources cited by the British press office said. Click.

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