Johnson locks down England as UK COVID-19 cases pass 1 million – Reuters

By Andrew MacAskill, Guy FaulconbridgeLONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson bought England back into a national lockdown after the United Kingdom passed the milestone of one million COVID-19 cases and a 2nd wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the health service.The United Kingdom, which has the most significant main death toll in Europe from COVID-19, is grappling with more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases a day and scientists have actually warned the “worst case” circumstance of 80,000 dead might be exceeded.Johnson, at a quickly convened news conference in Downing Street after news of a lockdown leaked to local media, stated that the one-month lockdown across England would kick in at a minute past midnight on Thursday morning and last up until Dec. 2. He fell ill with COVID in late March and was hospitalised in early April.The steps bring England into alignment with France and Germany by imposing across the country constraints almost as serious as the ones that drove the worldwide economy this year into its deepest economic crisis in generations.So far the United Kingdom has actually reported 46,555 COVID-19 deaths – specified as those dying within 28 days of a favorable test. The United Kingdom has the worlds fifth biggest official death toll, after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Frances Kerry, Kevin Liffey and Christina Fincher

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