Covid Watch 109: The spread of the virus is getting even more frightening and England is now in lockdown

Covid Watch 109: The spread of the virus is getting even more frightening and England is now in lockdown

Mainland Scotland is in lockdown from midnight. Wales is in lockdown and today First Minister Mark Drakeford has warned there is not “much headroom for change” when restrictions are reviewed on Thursday. Tonight, Boris Johnson announced a lockdown for England. His instinct has always been to leave restrictions until they are too late but this lockdown will begin immediately and pass into law after midnight tomorrow.

He had no other option after the Covid threat level in the UK was raised to Alert Level 5 today. That means the NHS is judged to be at risk of being overwhelmed within 21 days.

Cases in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are also shooting up.

The grey bars on the graphs indicate provisional data which will be corrected over the next few days. Red line is seven day moving average. The first wave was underreported due to the lack of testing and exclusion of some testing data.  

Full guidance on what you can and cannot do during lockdown runs to 22 pages. The main headlines are that hospitality, entertainment and tourism are closed. Everyone must stay at home except for exercise once a day, work that cannot done at home and essential shopping. School premises will be open for vulnerable children and essential workers. Day nurseries will be open as normal.

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