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15 oct. 2020 | 22h28 UTC

UK: Tier 2 restrictions to go into effect in several areas from October 17 /update 55

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UK authorities announce Tier 2 restrictions to go into effect in several areas from October 17; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 15/10/2020, 12h00 until 25/10/2020, 11h59 (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION England

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Event

Authorities in England have announced that tier 2 restrictions are to go into effect in several areas, including London, York, and parts of Essex, from Saturday, October 17. Under the new "high alert" restrictions, mixing between households indoors is banned, including in pubs and restaurants. The areas affected are London, York, Essex (apart from Southend and Thurrock), North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Erewash (Derbyshire), Elmbridge (Surrey), and Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria). Meanwhile, authorities in Greater Manchester have rejected government plans for Tier 3 restrictions to be imposed in the area, with no agreement reached.

The move came as the government announced that travelers returning from Italy, the Vatican City, and San Marino must self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon arrival. Arrivals from Crete are no longer required to self-isolate. Travel restrictions differ between the devolved governments. Further information regarding travel restrictions can be found here for England, Scotland, and Wales.

Many restrictions have been lifted in the UK. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in certain public areas, with fines for repeat offenders rising up to 3200 GBP (4175 USD). Further information regarding the wearing of face masks in the UK can be found here.

As of Thursday, October 15, there have been 676,455 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK with 43,383 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on the skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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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