Boris Johnson prepares new antivirus measures in coordination with local authorities

FILE PHOTO: The British Prime Minister on Downing Street in London, UK, Oct. 8, 2020. Aaron Chown / Pool via REUTERS / File Photo reuters_tickers

This content was published on 11 October 2020 – 12:02

By Elizabeth Piper

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce new measures on Monday to deal with the resurgence of coronavirus cases, in closer collaboration with local leaders in the worst-affected areas of England.

Johnson, reluctant to apply a new national lockdown that would further hurt a battered economy, faces a second wave of the pandemic, as well as growing anger among some sectors of the population, especially in parts of the north and center. from England.

UK housing minister Robert Jenrick declined to specify the measures Johnson would announce on Sunday, but suggested more work would be done with local leaders.

“In addition to the simple ground rules that apply to the entire country, we are designing a framework for those places where the virus is very strong,” Jenrick told Sky News.

“Now we want the strongest possible working relationship between the central government and the local governments,” he said, “So it is right that we take action in those communities and design the measures together with the people who know those places best.” .

Jenrick said local leaders would be more involved in contact tracing after problems that have exposed the country’s trace-and-trace system. The minister also indicated that the new measures would target mobility between different parts of the country.

According to British media, the Government could also introduce a three-tier system to try to simplify the rules and messages, which in the opinion of the opposition parties and some members of Johnson’s own Conservative Party have been too confusing and they could have contributed to increasing cases.

However, the government may have to do more to quell growing outrage in northern England, where some areas have been under tighter restrictions for weeks.

Labor said the government has to offer more public aid if companies are ordered to close, and that the opposition party would work to offer an alternative package to the one announced by Finance Minister Rishi Sunak on Friday.

(Information from Elizabeth Piper; edited by Raissa Kasolowsky; translated by Tomás Cobos)

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