UK prime minister Boris Johnson has addressed concerns over a resurgence in COVID-19 cases across Britain and has imposed a tightening of lockdown measures across the north of England, he said in a press conference on Friday at noon.
According to Mr. Johnson, the UK government had “consistently” warned that the virus could resurface, posing fresh challenges to government efforts to contain the outbreak.
As cases rose across Asia and Latin America, he said that “we can’t fool ourselves that we’re exempt” from essential lockdown measures to effectively contain the virus.
While he understood that the new restrictions would cause further financial difficulties in the northwest, namely in Lancashire and North Yorkshire, he added: “We have to act rapidly in order to protect those we love … and we know this sort of intervention works.”
But businesses and workplaces should stay open in the region, he added.