The outbreak of Coronavirus has caused tensions worldwide, with the emergence of the second wave of infections continuing to drive warry. Countries like the United Kingdom have confirmed cases of the new wave. And they have started reinforcing Draconian measures. Last year’s festive season in the UK was spent indoors. Their government suspended most activities, including banning international flights in attempts to contain the virus. More so, as the virus is highly contagious.
Since the United Kingdom has been working on measures to control the virus’s spread, their government has decided to reinforce quarantine for travelers arriving from covid prone countries. That measure might come in handy as some countries have confirmed exceedingly high coronavirus infections. UK’s Prime Minister, Johnson Boris, announced that their government was making preparations to detain travelers from countries with a high risk of Coronavirus forcefully. He said they would go into quarantine for ten days after arriving in the UK.
Travelers arriving from South Africa, Brazil, and neighboring countries will be received from the airports and taken to isolation hotels to stay for the next ten days. Although the proposal is not yet official, the UK government is speeding plans to officiate it by Monday. Self-isolation for specific travelers sounds like a just way of handling the situation, other than forcing all passengers to quarantine.
State of Coronavirus in the UK
The outbreak of the new wave of infections has seen UK record a surge in the covid infections. Laboratory reports revealed that the UK was the first country to confirm cases of the new variant. And because the virus is highly infectious, many people contracted it before the health officials knew its existence. That was in mid-December last year. This news hit the world by shock. Immediately most countries imposed bans on flights to and from the United Kingdom.
Although the Britain State struggles to contain the outbreak, the number of infected persons is exceedingly high. Recent reports confirm that the state has recorded 3.5 million COVID-19 infections. Hence John Hopkins University ranks it as the fifth country with the highest number of infections globally.
The United Kingdom government aims to protect millions of its population from the new variant of covid through vaccines’ administration. Recently the country launched its most significant mass vaccination program, which it hopes will curb the novel virus.
The program aims to vaccinate 15 million people: Ie, the elderly, health care workers, and the remaining populations. The program mostly prioritizes the aged and the health care workers who are front liners in battling the virus.
However, the surging cases still place the UK under pressure because the number of covid patients continues to surge. There are chances the country might experience a vaccine shortage. More so as developing countries are also relying on vaccines from them. Regardless, United Kingdom is hoping to beat the virus and regain its normalcy. The world at large entrusts the situation with the virus will improve with the help of the vaccines.