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England will close bars and restaurants at 10 p.m. due to COVID

London / British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will order pubs, bars and restaurants in England to close at ten o’clock at night from Thursday to try to curb the increase in coronavirus infections.

Johnson will meet his emergency committee on Tuesday, which includes his top ministers and the heads of the UK’s regional governments, and will deliver a speech to the nation to explain the new measures against the virus at 8:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. GMT), according to Downing Street, the prime minister’s official office.

Faced with the expansion of the pandemic, the British Executive has raised the level of alert from the third level to the fourth, on a scale of five, which reflects a “high risk of transmission” and the need for measures of “social distance” .

In addition to imposing an early closure, the new restrictions will prevent English catering establishments from ordering or consuming at the bar, and service will be restricted to tables.

Johnson, who also plans to appear before the House of Commons on Tuesday, will insist in his speech on the need to continue to comply with current guidelines on social distance, hygiene and use of masks.

“No one underestimates the challenge that the new measures will pose for many individuals and businesses. We know it will not be easy, but we must take more steps to control the resurgence of virus cases and protect the NHS (national health system), “a Downing Street spokesman said in a statement.

New measures to stop the spread of COVID-19

Since last week, social gatherings of more than six people, both indoors and outdoors, have been prohibited in England.

The new measures come after government scientific advisers have warned that the United Kingdom may reach 50,000 daily COVID-19 infections by mid-October if concrete steps are not taken to curb infections.

Cases of the disease are doubling every seven days and, without additional restrictions, the speed of spread will continue to accelerate in the coming weeks, experts have warned.

The United Kingdom registered 4,368 new cases of coronavirus and eleven deaths on Monday, for a total of 41,788 deaths since the pandemic began.

Government advisers estimate that around 200 deaths a day may occur in mid-October if the current upward trend is not stopped. (September 22, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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de unas recomendaciones de higiene para evitar contagiarse de COVID-19.
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de unas nuevas medidas para luchar contra la expansión de la COVID-19 en Inglaterra.
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del número de casos de COVID-19 registrados en Inglaterra.
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todos los bares y restaurantes de Inglaterra permanecerán cerrados hasta nueva orden.
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los bares de Inglaterra estarán abiertos hasta las diez de la noche.
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a partir de ahora los bares y los restaurantes podrán estar más tiempo abiertos al público.
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a partir de hoy todos los bares de Inglaterra cerrarán a las diez de la noche.
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tampoco se permitirá que los clientes consuman en la barra del bar.
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esas nuevas medidas no tienen nada que ver con la expansión de la COVID-19 en Reino Unido.
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los casos de COVID-19 están aumentando cada día en Reino Unido.
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por ahora no se ha limitado el número de personas en las reuniones sociales.
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no se ha registrado ningún fallecimiento por COVID-19 en Reino Unido en los últimos meses.
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consideran que el número de fallecimientos por COVID-19 podría aumentar si no se logra frenar la actual tendencia.
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ven poco probable que el número de fallecimientos al día aumente en octubre.
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descartan que la situación pueda empeorar el mes que viene.
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el ministro de Economía hizo un llamamiento para que aumente el consumo.
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por el momento los pubs y los restaurantes de Inglaterra seguirán cerrados.
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el sector de la hostelería no cree que el 60% de los locales vaya a retomar su actividad este fin de semana.
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