British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Source: AFP

LONDON.- Millions of Britons over 50 could be forced to stay at home if a second wave of coronavirus reaches Britain.

This is the option that the Prime Minister is evaluating, Boris Johnson, as the newspaper announced today The Sunday Times, as an alternative to avoid a new quarantine at the national level.

Experts argue that for people between 50 and 70 years old, the vulnerability index a is very high and increases based on pre-existing health conditions. Health problems of various kinds, cardiac, respiratory, circulatory, and even cancer treatments often appear in this age group.

The country adds an estimate of 2.2 million vulnerable people and during the peak of the epidemic it was officially recommended that they remain confined. A non-mandatory measure that expired yesterday.

The prime minister, the newspaper added, is examining special restrictions for London. In addition, the reopening of cinemas, casinos and skating rinks and the resumption of indoor shows, public sporting events and weddings of more than 30 people were planned for August 1 in England, although now everything will be delayed until August 15.


Women with face masks walking through Regents Park in central London on July 30, 2020 Source: AFP

Johnson has also announced that from August 8 it will be mandatory to wear a mask in some closed places in England, among which he has mentioned museums, galleries and places of worship.

These measures are in addition to those announced late on Thursday by the British Government to ban social gatherings in homes in Manchester and other parts of England, arguing that "unfortunately" the authorities have detected "an increase in the transmission rate" of the coronavirus.

Great Britain records 46,201 deaths for the Covid-19, after adding eight in the last 24 hours, and 304,695 infections, of which 744 were between Saturday and today, according to the Ministry of Health.

The Minister of Housing and Communities, Robert Jenrick, assured today that the conservative Executive does not intend to adopt "extreme measures" to tackle the spikes, such as, for example, the return of strict confinements on a large scale, but will apply "selective" and "local" restrictions.

On the possibility of confining those over 50, Jenrik said that "it is only speculation." "As far as I know, there is no such plan," he insisted.

ANSA and DPA agencies

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