The country of UK is still imposing lockdowns as cases continue to rise. Millions of people in northern England are desperately waiting to hear how much further virus limitations will be tightened as one of the British government’s leading medical advisers warned Sunday that the country is at a critical position in the second wave of the coronavirus. England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said the UK is at a “tipping point similar to where we were in March” following a sharp increase in new coronavirus cases.
The Professor said, “But we can prevent history from repeating itself if we all act now.” He added, “Now we know where it is and how to tackle it — let’s grasp this opportunity and prevent history from repeating itself.” All across Europe including the UK, there have been huge increases in coronavirus cases over the past few weeks following the reopening of large sectors of the economy, as well as schools and universities. Infection levels and deaths in the UK are soaring steadily in months.
Without quick action, there are fears that UK hospitals will be overwhelmed in the coming weeks at a time of year when they are already at their busiest with winter-related afflictions like the flu. The UK has undergone Europe’s deadliest outbreak, with an official death toll of 42,825, up another 65 on Sunday. While some rural areas in eastern England have less than 20 cases per 100,000 people, major metropolitan areas such as Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham have newly recorded levels above 500 per 100,000, nearly as bad as Madrid or Brussels.