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‘Currently no risk’ of second peak of COVID-19 infections, says PM

The government believes there is ‘currently no risk’ of a second peak of COVID-19 infections, according to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The prime minister’s announcement yesterday (June 23) included details for further easing lockdown measures, including a relaxation of the 2m social distancing rule, from July 4.

People will now be told to keep at least one meter apart but should continue to stay a 2m distance from others wherever this is possible, the government said.

The changes, which apply in England only, also permit shops, restaurants, hairdressers and hotels to reopen from the same date, providing they adhere to strict guidelines.

Mr Johnson said in his statement: “While we remain vigilant, we do not believe there is currently a risk of a second peak of infections that might overwhelm the NHS.”

He added that the chief medical officers for all four UK regions have now downgraded the UK’s COVID-19 alert level from four to three, “meaning that we no longer face a virus spreading exponentially, though it remains in general circulation”.

“Conditional and reversible changes”

Other changes set out by the PM include people from two households being allowed to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures. Outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks, arcades, libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centers are also allowed to reopen, “if they can do so safely”.

The statement said that “close proximity venues”, such as indoor gyms, spas and night-clubs, will remain shut while the government works to find a safe way for them to reopen.

Mr Johnson also said that “from now on” people would be asked to “follow guidance on social contact instead of legislation.”

He added that the latest changes were “conditional and reversible” and the government would be keeping the measures “under constant review”.

6 Comments
Question: 
Do you agree that a second wave of COVID-19 is unlikely?

C A, Community pharmacist

In other news, Boris says "pigs can fly"

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Not necessarily - it's the same with everything about this bloody virus. It seems very unpredictable. Personally I think given how stroppy the British people are, the Government has done as good a job as anyone could. Labour and Corbyn certainly wouldn't have - the country would be irrepairably broken by now, overrun by rabid lefties. (I'm waiting for the mass of thumbs downs now - my record is nine - lets try to beat it!)

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Second! The UK compared to the rest of the globe has some of the worst records in relation to this virus.

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Oh Leon, I thought you were my fwend!

We also have some of the worst overcrowding and our figures are at least halfway honest. Do you REALLY believe we have had more deaths than China and India cos I don't! It's also dependent on how you interpret the figs. If you purely go by numbers we look fairly bad, but if you go by deaths PER CAPITA, we aren't too dissimilar to the rest of Europe and WAY better than Belgium and if you go by deaths per square mile, we are probably among the worst in the world because we are SO densely packed. It's all a matter of how you look at stuff and how you spin it.

Dave Downham, Manager

There's your first...

Not saying Labour under Corbyn would be better, but the government has been shambolic compared to any particular metric you care to apply

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Cheers, it's a start. I just think that things have moved so damned quickly that it's been a no-win situation for the Government right from the start - whatever they do, someone or other will criticise - think of this move from 2m distancing to 1m distancing -  the journos have been calling for it to 'save the summer' then when they do it, those same journos question the safety of it. The wonder is how BoJo hasn't told at least one person to eff off during the press conferences.

They have, however, been better than Brazil and the leader of the free world is doing a rather crappy job as well.

Corbyn would have sunk without trace by now. Could you really imagine that little weasel running this show?

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