Boris Johnson “fears the second wave of coronavirus in the UK will strike within two weeks”


Boris Johnson is said to be “extremely concerned” that a second wave of coronavirus could hit the UK – within two weeks.The Prime Minister warned earlier that we are seeing “signs of a second wave” of Covid-19 in mainland Europe.

But there are now fears he could reach Britain within 14 days.

It comes as the town of Oldham has seen severe coronavirus lockdown restrictions reimposed after a worrying increase in cases.

A source from Downing Street told the Mail Online this evening: “The Prime Minister is extremely concerned about what he is seeing abroad and fears that we may see the same here in two weeks.

“People need to realize that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. He wants to go deeper to open things up and get people back to work, but he knows his head will be on the block if things go wrong. ”

The warning comes after an increase in the number of cases forced Mr Johnson to impose a 14-day quarantine on thousands of Britons returning from Spain.

The Prime Minister would be “worried”

Spain registered 8,207 new cases in the week to July 19 – up from 5,292 the week before.

And during a visit to Nottingham, Mr Johnson said the British must not let their guard down.

“Most important is that everyone in all communities listen to the advice, follow it, don’t accidentally spread it and reduce it directly and we can ease restrictions across the country,” he said.

“But it is clear that we are now facing, I am afraid, the threat of a second wave in other parts of Europe and we just need to be vigilant. ”

He faced fury for being quarantined on just a few hours’ notice. And No10 has refused to allow those returning from Spain to receive statutory sickness benefit – claiming any travel carries risk.

British citizens arrive at Malaga-Costa del Sol airport

The Spanish Prime Minister denounced Britain’s “mistake” last night in advising against “non-essential” travel throughout the country, despite low rates of Covid-19 in the Balearic Islands.

Pedro Sanchez slammed: “In most of Spain the incidence is much lower even than the figures recorded in the UK. ”

But in defense of Britain’s actions, the Prime Minister said: ‘What we need to do is take swift and decisive action where we believe the risks are starting to bubble up again.

“And let’s be absolutely clear on what’s going on in Europe, among some of our European friends.

“I’m afraid you are starting to see signs of a second wave of the pandemic in some places.

Boris Johnson speaks to locals at Canal Side Heritage Center

“And we all remember what happened last time around – so it’s absolutely vital that we make the necessary preparations here in the UK as we do. ”

Although France, Germany and other countries risk being added to the quarantine list, Mr Johnson refrained from saying that British families should not go abroad at all.

He said: “Obviously these are decisions for families, for individuals, as to where they want to go. ”

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran, chair of the Parliamentary Party’s Coronavirus Group, said: “With increasing signs of a second wave of this deadly pandemic in Europe, there is no time to waste in pulling the lessons from the first.

“The government’s complacent approach earlier this year has cost lives, we cannot allow the same mistakes to happen again.

British tourists returning to Gatwick airport’s north terminal from Ibiza and Alicante Travelers on flights from Spain are now facing a two-week quarantine. PHOTOS BY Humphrey Nemar. 27.7.20

“Urgent action is needed to improve the Test and Trace system and put in place a clear strategy to deal with a second peak. ”

The Prime Minister admitted that the UK needs to be “vigilant” against the threat of a second wave of Covid-19.

Mr Johnson added: ‘Where you can do local easing, then of course you should, but we’ll see what the review says.

“I sympathize with the views of (Leicester Mayor Peter Soulsby) and local MPs, but we need to put public health first and apply common sense, and I think people understand that as well.

“We will do all we can in these difficult times for businesses, for families, for people whose mental health has been affected by the lockdown, to give them the support they need.

Huge rise in infections detected in Oldham

Elsewhere, tougher measures have been introduced in Oldham, Greater Manchester, as health officials try to slow the spread of local outbreaks.

The increased restrictions were introduced by the local council rather than the government.

The borough – which is in a pilot testing people in high-risk jobs – saw a spike of more than 100 cases in a week.

As of today, the 250,000 inhabitants of the borough are being told that they cannot welcome “social visitors” to their homes.

Tighter restrictions were put in place today in Oldham

They should also stand two meters away from friends and family when they see them outside, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Outdoor meetings will again be limited in size, in a throwback to earlier lockdown restrictions that were recently relaxed in England.

And the local council is asking vulnerable and elderly people who have shielded them to continue doing so for another two weeks.

The change of armor will take place from this Friday, July 31.


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