Coronavirus lockdown- UK PM does not want impose second national lockdown

Coronavirus lockdown- UK PM does not want impose second national lockdown

Coronavirus lockdown- UK PM does not want impose second national lockdown
The United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson does not want impose second national lockdown in case of the second surge coronavirus [ Covid-19] outbreak in the country. Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph , the PM compared the option of a nationwide shutdown to a "nuclear deterrent", adding he does not think the country "will be in that position again". But the UK's chief scientific adviser said there is "a risk" such measures could be needed as winter approaches.It comes as councils in England have been given "lightning" lockdown powers.

Under the new powers, local authorities can close shops, cancel events and shut outdoor public spaces to manage local outbreaks. Elsewhere, Scotland has seen the biggest daily rise in new confirmed coronavirus cases since 21 June.

Mr Johnson said authorities were getting better at identifying and isolating local outbreaks, adding that the power to order national action will remain an option."I can't abandon that tool any more than I would abandon a nuclear deterrent. But it is like a nuclear deterrent, I certainly don't want to use it. And nor do I think we will be in that position again," he said.

The PM told The Sunday Telegraph that experts were getting better at spotting the disease, isolating it locally and identifying which groups it affects - and how. "We're genuinely able now to look at what's happening in much closer to real time, to isolate outbreaks and to address them on the spot, and to work with local authorities to contain the problem locally and regionally if we have to," Mr Johnson said. It comes after Mr Johnson set out his hopes on Friday for a "significant return to normality" by Christmas.

Under the new guidelines, people can use public transport for journeys immediately, and employers will have more discretion to bring staff back to workplaces if it is safe to do so. Labour said the government was right to aspire to open up the economy but there were "gaping holes" in its latest plans. Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said: "You only have to go down the high street to see what the problem is.

"Many people aren't coming out of their houses and they aren't spending because they are nervous about what this means, whether there is going to be a second wave; whether the NHS is going to be overwhelmed, and we really do need to get to grips with the test trace and isolate system - which the government admits is not fully functional." she told Sky News' Sophy Ridge.

She also said the test and tracing system needed to be improved with results back within 24 hours and suggested a "mass winter flu vaccination programme" so people felt "confident there is a plan for a second wave." Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it is right to give "businesses and the country a target and a sense of hope".

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr, he said from 1 August "while we are carefully monitoring the virus, we do need to get the economy firing on all cylinders, as best we can", adding that there has been "great cooperation with businesses". On Friday, the UK's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned that "come winter, the challenges will be very much greater and of course there is a risk that this could also need national measures as well".