Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the new rules banning social gatherings of more than six people in England would not be kept “longer than we are”.
“This abandonment is important for virus control in the long run,” he told lawmakers.
The law will take effect on Monday and will be enforced through a 100 fine.
Mr Hancock was scorned by some lawmakers because he spoke of the government’s plans for a mass coronavirus test after concerns over unrealistic issues.
Scientists and health professionals say the technology “does not yet exist” as part of the government’s plan for more rapid testing, and there are already problems with laboratory capacity.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson set the new “six rules” on Wednesday, with the UK reporting more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases for the fourth day in a row.
This applies to indoors and outdoors and for all ages – although there are some exemptions such as gatherings for work.
On Thursday Scotland changed the rules of socialization to a maximum of six inside and outside – but unlike in England they must have two families and children under the age of 12 will be exempted.
- What are the new rules?
- New rules in Scotland
“As the chief medical officer said yesterday, we must learn from recent experience in countries like Belgium who have successfully taken this measure to combat a similar increase in infections,” Mr Hancock told parliament on Thursday.
“These are not measures we take lightly. I understand that for many they will mean changing long-awaited plans or losing precious moments with a loved one, but in the long run this sacrifice is significant in controlling the virus and saving lives.”
“And I swear we won’t keep these rules to ourselves any longer.”
Earlier, Mr. Hancock’s colleague, Transportation Secretary Grant Shaps, said that if everyone followed the rules, “we could be in a situation like this again at Christmas.”
Former government adviser Professor Neil Ferguson said it would take “two to three weeks” to see what impact social distance systems would have.
“So we have to wait at this moment and see how much we flatten the curve and then if that’s not enough to bring the breeding numbers below one, the epidemic starts to shrink again, but yes, we have to clamp in other areas.” He added.
Professor Ferguson – who led the UK to lockdown on the advice of the Prime Minister – said it was not inevitable that the virus would resurface at all ages.
And when asked about the government’s move to get people back to work, Professor Ferguson added: “Of course I think we should hesitate and take a break soon to get everyone back in office.
“But some people have to work and I fully understand the concerns in many quarters that working at home has an economic impact on everyone, especially in city centers.”
At a glance: What are the new rules?
- In England, social gatherings of more than six people are not permitted under the law Monday to September 14th
- New rules Applicable to people in private home, inside and outside the home, And places like pubs, restaurants, cafes and public outdoor spaces
- It is Applicable to all ages
- Rules Not applicable in school and workplace, For people living together or in the same support bubble, or at weddings, funerals and organized team sports
- The full list of exemptions also includes “rigorous risk assessment”, protests and political activities subject to the provision of jury services and emergency assistance.
- The police ignore those There could be a 100 fine – Double the maximum of ০০ 3,200 with each offense
Mr Hancock was also asked about the government’s testing plans.
The government’s next immediate goal is to increase the test capacity to 500,000 tests a day by the end of October. Testing capabilities are currently being reported as 350,000 per day – including swab tests (which test if you currently have the virus) and antibody tests (which check if anyone already has the virus).
But the government is also planning “Operation Munshot” – which aims to process millions of tests every day.
This involves using a new type of test, which is not yet rolling, involves swabs or saliva and can give results in 90 or 20 minutes.
There is a focus in many respects on how long the new rules could last, and a confusion from the difficult decisions that “Operation Munshot” plans are facing in the country to test multiple times faster.
Despite the recent rise, infection rates remain low. But they will continue to go up.
Winter viruses tend to do better in the winter months because of the winter weather and actually people are indoors.
This will soon lead to more hospitalizations and unfortunately more deaths.
It happens every year with the flu. The worst winter of recent years, 2017-18, saw nearly 50,000 additional deaths.
When the first signs of this are seen, the ministers have to make the next decision.
They may choose further restrictions to try to prevent the spread of the virus in knowledge that will harm education and the economy as well as human health in other ways.
Or they let the viruses spread, while focusing on efforts to protect the vulnerable – more than half of the 855 elderly people have had more than half of their deaths in more than half a decade.
This obviously means providing more protection around care homes, perhaps by banning visitors as well as considering welding reproduction.
Lockdown bought our time, but only pushed back the problem.
Progress has been made in the last six months – better treatment, more testing and a network of communication tracers – but probably not more than expected.
The UK, like all countries, faces a humorous pattern of unbalanced losses.
Some anti-Hancock MPs who helped him, when he outlined “Munshot”, responded: “I am absolutely determined that we will go there.
“And if everything comes together and technology shuts down, even before Christmas, challenging sectors like theaters will be able to come closer to normal.”
He said the system is being piloted and steps are being taken to test the new technology before the desired nationwide roll-out.
Earlier, the chairman of the British Medical Association. Chanda Nagpal said how Operation Munshot would work – it was unclear due to the current “huge problem” with lab capabilities.
And other scientists warned of the dangers of false positives and false positives.
On Thursday, Scotland launched its new communications tracing application, urging Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon to download as many people as possible.
The contact tracing app, made in England, ran into technical problems and is currently being tested after being rebuilt.
Meanwhile, the latest figures from England’s Test and Trace program show mixed performance.
There has been a slight improvement in turnaround time for testing – results for people who go to testing centers and mobile units are 23 and 20 hours, respectively – two weeks ago they both spent more than 24 hours.
For the second week in a row, however, contact seekers were able to reach only 70% of the infected people in close contact – even below the 80% target.
Dr Laila Mack of the NHS Confederation said the figures were “a cause for grave concern”.
- The death toll from the virus worldwide has reached 900,000
- A new law would also require businesses such as pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas to record customer contact details and keep them for 21 days.
- The government released its coronavirus guidelines for universities before students return later this month, with only complete online education as a last resort.
- Disruptions to hospitals in England during the epidemic mean long-awaited patients for routine operations have risen, new figures show
- Conservative Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg is isolated at home after one of his children showed signs of coronavirus.
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