England Set To Enter One-Month National Lockdown As COVID Cases SurgeDeadline
England is set to enter a second national lockdown next week in the face of surging coronavirus numbers, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this evening.
Everything except essential shops and education settings will be closed from Thursday November 5 until December 2. Scotland and Wales had already introduced lockdowns in their countries. The government’s furlough scheme will be extended until December.
The latest measures mean that any cinemas, theaters and entertainment venues that weren’t already closed will now need to close. It is also likely that all film and TV shoots will be temporarily halted.
The number of daily UK cases reached 21,915 today with 326 deaths. Total deaths stand at 46,555.
Scientists on the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have told the government that COVID-19 is spreading significantly faster than their worst-case scenarios and could kill 85,000 people this winter if no action is taken. One scientific model predicted that without urgent action the UK could register 4,000 deaths per day.
The UK this week became the eighth country to record one million total COVID cases since the outbreak began.
Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, were expected to spend the weekend devising a strategy for the closures but in another embarrassing turn for this government, details of the lockdown have been leaked to media over the last 24 hours.
We have reached out to the DCMS, BFI and UK Cinema Association for comment.