The British government asked the population on Friday respect confinement despite the spring time this Easter weekend, after reporting a daily record of nearly 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus, which infected the prime minister, convalescing in hospital.
The United Kingdom recorded 980 new deaths in the last 24 hours, which is a record number that brings the total balance to 8,958 deaths from the new coronavirus, announced Health Secretary Matt Hancock this Friday. “As warm as the weather is, as tempting your park or beach is, everyone should stay home. Because in the country’s hospitals, public health service personnel fight day and night so that desperately ill people can breathe, “he said.
On a positive note in this grim picture, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, sick with COVID-19, was making his way back to convalescence in the hospital, having left intensive care on Thursday. “The first Minister has been able to walk a little, between rest periods, as part of the care he receives to help him recover, “said his spokesman. “His spirits are still very good,” he added, adding that he is in the “initial phase” of his recovery and that he will retake the reins of the executive when “the opinion of his medical team” is favorable.
The 55-year-old conservative leader is the sole head of government of a great power infected with COVID-19, which has caused nearly 9,000 deaths in the United Kingdom. He was hospitalized on Sunday and a day later he was admitted to intensive care because the symptoms of the disease did not subside. He received oxygen-based treatment, but did not need a respirator attached. The head of diplomacy, Dominic Raab, was left in charge of the government during his absence.
The government warned on Thursday that it would be necessary to prepare for a prolongation of confinement, originally planned for three weeks -until Monday-, although in principle they will not make a formal decision on it until the end of next week.
The Executive fears that if the confinement rules are no longer followed, a second wave of contagion will occur, while the peak of the disease has not yet been reached. In fact, the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned this Friday that a too rapid lifting of the confinement in which more than half of the world’s population is could lead to a “Deadly sprout” of the virus.
In all this context, the Minister of Housing, Robert Jenrick, was criticized this Friday on the cover of several newspapers for having gone to visit his parents, about 60 km from his home, despite official messages. Jenrick was justified by Twitter claiming to have brought medications to his parents, elderly and quarantined.
For his part, the head of the health services, Chris Whitty, expressed his concern about the devastating effects that prolonged confinement could have, such as impoverishment of the population, temporary suspension from regular care, a drop in the vaccination of children and more depression or suicide, the newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ reported.