New COVID Strain Forces Britain To Shut Schools
Following the rapid spread of a new coronavirus variant in Britain, England, and Scotland went into another full lockdown from Tuesday.
Following the rapid spread of a new coronavirus variant in Britain, England, and Scotland went into another full lockdown from Tuesday. The drastic surge in positive cases and fear that the new variant is running out of control prompted tougher actions in Britain, which included shutting of schools, and a ban on leaving home except for essential shopping, medical reasons, or exercise. These measures will be reviewed from February 15, but the government cannot ‘predict with certainty’ whether they will be lifted or not.
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As per the reports, the situation of the new variant in Britain is far worse than what it was in March 2020 and as a response to this, the lockdown was imposed. 50,000 – 60,000 cases of coronavirus are being reported in Britain on a daily basis and approximately more than 10 lakh people have tested positive so far.
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Reports suggest that the number of people succumbing to the virus is increasing rapidly and that the hospitals are facing a shortage of beds and other necessary medical supplies. “When everybody looks at this position, people understand that we have no choice…more than 2% of the population is now infected that is over 1 million people in England…today we have reported more than 60,000 new cases,” said Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson.
The health officials of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have reportedly said that they have now entered stage 5 of coronavirus meaning if swift action is not taken immediately, then within 21 days the health services of Britain will drastically get affected and it will very difficult to get the situation under control. The second strain of the virus has caused Britain to enter the 5th stage.
Due to the lockdown, schools, colleges, public places, non-essential commercial shops, etc. have been shut and this has evidently affected the day-t0-day activities of the citizens. Teacher and Doctor Sangeeta Chopra from Britain said that the problems of students’ parents have increased a lot due to the sudden lockdown. Especially, for those parents who are working and have to arrange childcare for their kids.