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U.K. unveils 3-level COVID-19 lockdown plan

The British government carved England into three tiers ofrisk on Monday in a bid to slow a resurgent outbreak, putting the northern city of Liverpool into the highest-risk category and shutting its pubs, gyms and betting shops.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the three-level national system was designed to “simplify and standardise” a confusing patchwork of local rules, as the country enters a “crucial phase.” Mr. Johnson said hospitals are now filling up with more COVID-19 patients than in March, when he ordered a national lockdown.

"These figures are flashing at us like dashboard warnings in a passenger jet, and we must act now,” he said during a televised news conference.Mr. Johnson told lawmakers that the goal of the new system was to save lives without “shuttering our lives and our society” through a new national lockdown. While the measures curb social interactions and the leisure industry, Mr. Johnson said shops, schools and universities will remain open in all areas.Some scientists questioned whether the restrictions went far enough.

News source ~ The Hindu