UK Foreign Minister Raab ‘Cannot Rule Out’ a Full Second Lockdown Amid New COVID-19 Curbs
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions in England for the next six months. The measures include extended requirements to wear face masks, higher fines for not wearing masks or gathering in groups of more than six, restricted hours for pubs, bars and restaurants, and many others.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday that the cabinet can’t rule out a full second lockdown amid the increase in the number of new cases in the country.
PM Johnson previously stressed that the current restrictions are “by no means a return to the full lockdown of March”, stating that the country is better prepared for a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commenting on the situation, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer expressed support for the restrictive measures but criticised the government for not having a clear strategy and losing its grip on the crisis.
Britain has faced a major surge in the number of new cases, as the country confirmed over 400,000 COVID-19 cases, while the death toll approached 42,000, which is the fifth-highest in the world and the highest in Europe.