According to statistics from the Department of Health and Social Security of the United Kingdom, as of December 23, local time, 39,237 new cases of new coronary pneumonia were newly diagnosed in the United Kingdom within 24 hours, the highest number of new cases in a single day since the outbreak of new coronary pneumonia, with a total of 2,147,551 confirmed cases; new deaths 744 cases, the highest number of deaths in a single day since April 29.
Another mutant new coronavirus found in the UK
The level of epidemic prevention and control in many places is adjusted to the highest level
Following the confirmation of a mutated new coronavirus in the UK on the 14th of this month, the British government announced on the 23rd that it has discovered another mutated new coronavirus that is more infectious.
British Health Secretary Hancock: We have detected two cases of infection with another variant of the new coronavirus in the UK. These two cases have been in contact with confirmed cases from South Africa in the past few weeks. This new mutated new coronavirus is very worrying because it is more contagious and seems to be more mutated than the mutated new coronavirus previously discovered in the UK.
British Health Secretary Hancock said that the current British government has quarantined two cases of the new variant of the new coronavirus and their close contacts, and restricted travel from South Africa to the UK.
Hancock emphasized that the current third-level epidemic prevention and control has been unable to cope with the current epidemic situation. Therefore, from the 26th, the epidemic prevention and control in Sussex, Oxfordshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire will be implemented. The level is raised to the highest level, which is the fourth level.
Freight restrictions between Britain and France
British Retailers Association warns: Britain may face supply shortage
At present, many countries and regions have adopted measures such as restricting entry of people from the UK. Affected by this, vehicle congestion occurred at the British border crossing. On the 23rd local time, about 8,000 to 10,000 vehicles were stranded in the Port of Dover, England, and some drivers clashed with the police.
According to the latest agreement reached between Britain and France, starting from the morning of the 23rd, British truck drivers and some passengers will be allowed to enter France. All passengers entering France from the United Kingdom must present a certificate that the new coronavirus nucleic acid test is negative within 72 hours.
However, the stranded drivers said that they did not know where to go for testing, and no management personnel communicated with them on the matter.
On the 23rd local time, the British Retail Association warned that if the freight between Britain and France cannot return to normal as soon as possible, then the British fresh food, especially fruits and vegetables will soon face a shortage of supply.
Former Chief Scientific Advisor in the UK:
British government ignores scientific advice and fails to act in time
Regarding the spread of the epidemic, David King, the former chief scientific adviser of the British government, said in an interview with a headquarter reporter that if the British government can respond more quickly to the new crown virus, fully listen to the suggestions of the scientific team and take timely measures, the UK is currently facing The situation may be avoided.
David King, former chief scientific adviser to the British government: We learned very detailed information from China at the beginning of this year. The report published in The Lancet on January 23 contains all the information we need to decide whether to take urgent action. information. But in my opinion, I am afraid that the British government has not taken the necessary actions.
David King said that in response to the new crown pneumonia epidemic, he and other scientists established an independent emergency scientific advisory group to release relevant information to the government and the public in a timely manner. However, the British government has repeatedly ignored scientific advice and failed to take corresponding measures in time, leading to the current chaotic situation in the UK.
Suspected of ineffective measures British Prime Minister: I did the right thing
Faced with the out-of-control epidemic in the UK, British Prime Minister Johnson was questioned by reporters at a press conference a few days ago, believing that the measures promised by the government had not been achieved and had little effect. But Johnson insisted that he did it right.
British “Mirror” reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, since the beginning of the epidemic, you have always promised too much but you have not implemented it well. Previously, it was said that the trend was reversed in 12 weeks, but later it was said that the blockade was a disaster and that the cancellation of public holidays would be inhumane. Why are you always like this? Do you know that this will cause public questions and damage the public’s trust in you.
British Prime Minister Johnson: You have to imagine that in the real world, the country has been in lockdown for a long time, and children have not gone to school for a long time. It is really a disaster. It is important that we move the country as far as possible. I think I did it right.