- BBC World News
For the second time this year, London recorded a day without any deaths from the corona virus, as it has been advancing at a good pace with a severe isolation and a vaccination campaign since the beginning of this year.
This happened on Sunday, March 28, according to the Public Health Organization of the British Government, Public Health England (PHE).
Data take into account patients who died within 28 days of a positive corona virus test.
Similarly, across the UK, the number of deaths recorded on Sunday was 19.
After the high in January, The number of deaths is declining, as is hospitalization.
London accounts for about 12% of corona virus deaths in the UK and was the epicenter of the first wave of epidemics in 2020.
At the height of that wave, in April last year, about 230 virus-related deaths a day were reported in the British capital.
At the time, “two or three patients were dying every day” at the University College Hospital, says intensive care physician Jim Down.
Despite the improvement in the number of deaths in the intensive care unit and the reduction in Govt-19 patients, the doctor points it out There are new challenges And that It should be ready if a new wave occurs.
“The backlog of people in need of hip replacement and cancer treatment is huge. We need to start bringing them back, and keep hospitals ready in case of a third wave,” Down analyzes.
Vaccination and isolation
As of March 27, more than 30 million people in the UK had already received the first dose of the Govit-19 vaccine, which represents about 57% of all adults in the country.
The vaccine was launched on December 8, and 91-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first British woman to receive a single dose in the country.
Despite that promising film in early December, the UK will see the epidemic worsen in January.
In the days leading up to the Christmas and New Year holidays, officials have already noted that the epidemic is rapidly deteriorating.
In two weeks, the number of Covid-19 cases doubled from 12,000 to 25,000 a day.
People have already faced two locks, November one, which helped to temporarily reduce the number, was used as a kind of “deal” between the government and the British: if people had made that sacrifice in November, it would probably have been a much more relaxed Christmas and New Year, with the opportunity to travel and socialize with family.
When restrictions were relaxed in early December, numbers soared.
The government has not fulfilled its promise to relax measures to restrict public travel and public relations during the holidays.
At that time, a balance New variant of the virus In southeastern England, considered 70% more infections.
After the holiday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his intention to immigrate to the country The third isolation.
“As the whole country is already under intensive measures, it is clear that we need to do more to curb this variation when vaccines are distributed. We need to do as much national locking as there is this variation,” he said.
Essential schools and businesses were closed, academic exams were suspended, and the government imposed travel restrictions at home and abroad.
The government provided wage assistance to more than 10 million workers in September, with subsidies reaching 2 2,500 (approximately US $ 3,400) per beneficiary.
Opposition to the government of Boris Johnson supported these measures.
“Whatever we criticize about the government, we must all work together to implement it,” Labor leader Khair Stormer said in January.
Restrictions do not end there
As the death toll from vaccine-19 and more than half of adults (with the first dose) is declining, the British are waiting for the next steps to ease isolation, but life is still far from returning to similar conditions before the outbreak.
The government has released a timetable for the gradual reopening of the economy, which predicts that a good portion of operations will resume in mid-June.
However, he insisted on it This schedule will only be completed if there are no unforeseen events along the wayImmunization delays or an increase in the number of cases, such as hospitalization or death.
Schools reopened in early March, starting this Monday, March 29th, with groups of six (or two families) meeting in outdoor areas such as parks and gardens.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis courts, swimming pools and golf courses will also be reopened.
As for trade, changes are expected in April. Most campuses that are deemed unnecessary will be closed and will reopen from April 12 only if conditions are met.
The UK wants to give a single dose of the vaccine to all its people over the age of 50 by April 15. The goal is to give the first dose to all adults by July 31st.
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