As England faces tougher Covid restrictions, fear for job redundancy has risen amongst 27 million people. Anika Khan reports.
The government had put a new alert scheme in London, Elmbridge, Essex, Barrow-in-Furness, North East Derbyshire, Erewash, York, and Chesterfield.
The strict measures include the ban on household mixing indoors including homes, pubs, and restaurants. The health minister of the UK, Matt Hancock declared that half of the population of England to be placed under Tier 2 and in some cases Tier 3 alert due to the increasing number of Covid Cases. The new restrictions will be in effect from the coming Wednesday.
The UK has reported over 18000 new Covid cases and over 138 deaths in a single day. These numbers have been constant in the last week resulting in growing concern on how fast the virus is spreading.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said that the strict measures are taken based on, “expert public-health and scientific advice about what is necessary to save lives”. He also stresses for extra financial support from the government.
The restrictions on household mixing indoors will financially hit over 3000 pubs and 7000 restaurants in London alone. Labour party MPs voices concerns for jobs and businesses who have already been struggling and who are eligible to get support from the government.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said that he is working to look into the different problems that can arise from these restrictions and wishes to avoid the “misery of another national lockdown.”