United Kingdom exceeds 700,000 coronavirus infections after more than 16,000 cases in the last day – International

The Ministry of Health of The United Kingdom reported this Saturday that there has been a slight increase in daily cases of coronavirus after verifying 16,171 infections, compared to 15,650 the day before, and has added another 150 deaths, compared to 136 on Friday. Since the pandemic began, 705,428 coronavirus infections have been registered throughout the country and 43,579 deaths.

Further, 5,608 people remain hospitalized, of which 592 require mechanical ventilation. Since Friday, another 987 people have been admitted to hospitals. The urgency of the situation puts increasing pressure on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been asked to impose now a containment system known as a “short circuit”, in which Labor opposition and medical experts They ask for a specific closure to stop the infections at the root.

London (United Kingdom), 17/10/2020.- A masked person passes coronavirus restriction notices in London, Britain, 17 October 2020. On 16 October London was moved to the second tier of the coronavirus restrictions meaning a high level alert. The ‘Rule of Six’ continues to apply outdoors and in private gardens but people must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place. (Reino Unido, Londres) EFE/EPA/NEIL HALLNEIL HALL

This measure is similar to the quarantine of the first wave and has been proposed, above all, by the state of British hospitals, many of which are once again at the limit of their capacities.

Johnson, on the other hand, still adheres to his “three-tier” system whereby he prefers to place specific population centers in local quarantine, which has earned him the enmity of local mayors.

The most tense of these frictions occurs in Manchester, whose mayor, Andy Burham, has refused to accept the highest level of alert of the three that Johnson’s initiative contemplates. The prime minister advised on Friday that London would intervene if the new measures are not implemented there, but according to Burnham, there have been no attempts by the national government to enter into talks on the issue.

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