Measures against COVID-19 extend to more than half of the population in England

Manchester local authorities, however, are reluctant to apply the restrictions deemed necessary by the British government

More than half of the population of England, about 28 million people, live under social restrictions to try to stop the contagion of coronavirus, after this Saturday new measures have come into force in London and the county of Lancashire.

Any indoor social gathering was banned in the British capital, while bars and pubs are closed both in Lancashire and in the metropolitan area of Liverpool, where gyms and game rooms cannot open their doors either.

The local authorities of ManchesterHowever, they are reluctant to apply the restrictions that the British government considers necessary and demand more funding for employees and companies that are affected by the closures.

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, threatened to impose those limitations without the consent of the municipal officials of the English city in case an agreement is not reached this weekend.

Given the advance of the pandemic, pressure is maintained on Johnson from various fields to decree a strict confinement of the population in the whole of England for two or three weeks.

The largest union of teachers in the United Kingdom, NEU, has joined the voices calling for this measure to be applied during the school break planned at the end of October.

The government’s scientific advisers recommended the prime minister to adopt that measure in September, as reflected in the record of a meeting of that advisory group, but Johnson has for now rejected taking that step, although he does not rule it out.

With information from EFE

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