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11 May 2020 | 02:02 AM UTC

UK: Government eases some lockdown measures amid COVID-19 pandemic May 10 /update 21

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UK announces easing of some lockdown measures amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic May 10; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/11/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION United Kingdom

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Event

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday, May 10, the easing of some coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictive measures, although stay-at-home lockdown measures have been extended until at least June 1. Johnson stated that people may engage in additional exercise, beyond the one form of exercise per day initially introduced on March 23. Individuals who cannot work from home may also return to work. Public transport should be avoided where possible and cycling and walking to work is being encouraged. The easing could see primary schools, shops and nurseries partially reopening from June 1, while some cafes or restaurants with outdoor space, plus places of worship, and socially distanced cinemas, could resume operations from July 1. British citizens are still being advised to only leave their homes to shop for necessities, engage in exercise alone or with members of one's household, and to satisfy medical needs (i.e. to provide care or help an individual vulnerable to COVID-19). Johnson cautioned that police forces may issue increased fines for those not adhering to lockdown measures and added that the rough "roadmap" for easing lockdown will depend on the rate of infections dropping sufficiently.

All nonessential businesses and public venues have been ordered to close, while public gatherings of more than two people have been prohibited (excluding people living together). All social events have also been canceled, excluding funerals.

As of Monday morning (local time), May 11, UK health authorities have confirmed a total of 31,855 coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related deaths and 219,183 cases of the virus nationwide. The UK currently has the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths in Europe. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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