Leicester Wants To Implement New Restrictions, Residents Protest

Residents of the city of Leicester have had mixed reactions to the idea of ​​reimposing coronavirus-related restrictions in the UK after COVID-19 cases soared again to 100,000 new cases per day.

Looking back at the soaring spread of the coronavirus and growing concerns among health experts, the British government on Wednesday (20/10) called on millions of citizens to get booster injections or booster vaccine, as well as conveying plans to reimpose restrictions related to the corona virus, such as the requirement to wear masks.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said the government would “remain vigilant, prepare for all eventualities” but would not implement a “plan B” to re-impose social restrictions in daily life.

The UK relies heavily on vaccines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the fall and winter months.

Nearly 80 per cent of people aged 12 and over in the UK have been fully vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine, and millions more are being offered a booster dose, including everyone over 50.

Residents who protested the discourse of the imposition of social restrictions said the booster injection campaign or booster moving slower than the spread of the deadly virus.

People are seen shopping at Leicester Market wearing masks amid the outbreak of the coronavirus in England on May 27, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Andrew Boyers)

People are seen shopping at Leicester Market wearing masks amid the outbreak of the coronavirus in England on May 27, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Andrew Boyers)

On Wednesday (20/10), the UK recorded the addition of 49,139 new cases. This figure is by far the highest in Europe. The average daily case in Queen Elizabeth’s country now stands at more than 45,000, an increase of 17 percent over the previous week.

The number of people who were hospitalized and died also increased again, although it was still much lower than before the vaccination.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s conservative government lifted coronavirus-related social restrictions last July, including the mandatory wearing of masks and social distancing. Nightclubs and other crowded event venues are allowed to remain open at full capacity, and people are no longer advised to work from home.

The spread of COVID-19 again increased after all activities, including economic activities, restarted; especially among children who are still largely unvaccinated. [em/jm]

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