The UK today has 18 deaths and 3,899 new cases of infection and the British government is considering moving ahead with social restrictions or confinement in the coming days, the country’s health minister said today.
Matt Hancock told the BBC today that he discussed, this weekend, with the mayor of the capital, what kind of measures would be needed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
The government official stated that “it cannot be ruled out that, at some point in the next week, citizens are asked to work from home again and warned that only by following the rules can a new confinement be avoided.
The UK has recorded 394,257 confirmed cases and 41,777 deaths from covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Of the total deaths, 18 occurred in the last 24 hours, according to the most current balance released today.
The country currently records 3,899 new cases of infection, a number slightly lower than that reported on Saturday, when 4,422 was reached, the record for daily positive cases.
In the capital, for every 100,000 inhabitants, the number of infected people increased in a week from 18.8 to 25 and it is estimated that the positives identified in London have reached the north of England, where there are already stricter controls.
In view of the situation, the Government announced, as of the 28th, to impose fines of up to 10,000 pounds (10,690 euros) for infected citizens who do not comply with the prophylactic isolation or who are suspected of having been in contact with infected people.
Those who have less income and have to remain in quarantine benefit from a £ 500 grant (€ 531).
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed at least 957,948 deaths and more than 30.8 million cases of infection in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.
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