Boris Johnson calls for ‘discipline’ to stave off second wave

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Ministers will decide within days whether to allow bowling alleys and casinos to reopen – a decision postponed a fortnight ago.

The total number of people dying in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for Covid-19 rose to 46,628 as of 5pm on Monday.

Separate figures by statistics agencies show there have been 56,800 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the certificate.

And cases among younger peo-ple – those aged 15-44 – have reportedly risen by 35 percent since July 5, when bars, cafes and restaurants reopened and more returned to work.

During a visit to a hospital building site in Hereford yesterday, the Prime Minister said: “We need to make sure that we don’t have a second wave.We need to do everything we can to avoid a second wave.

“I’m afraid you are going to see outbreaks. We’ve seen them across the country in the last few weeks and months.

“I think the most important thing to remember is that we’ve got to get schools back, we will get schools back, but also we’ve got to stick to our discipline.

“In schools they have got some very well thought through plans on how to manage. But for everybody in society the key thing is to remember the simple things: hands, face, space and if you have symptoms get a test.

“So wash your hands, cover your face if you are on public transport or in a crowded place such as a shop, give everybody space.

“Everybody understands what that involves and I think we’re really getting the hang of it.”

Praised Mr Johnson praised schools for preparing to welcome pupils next month despite safety concerns of teaching unions.

He said: “Teachers and schools over the summer have done a fantastic job on getting their schools ready. I have no doubt that it can be done safely.”

Mr Johnson’s visit yesterday was to highlight Government efforts to upgrade the NHS including spending £300million on ensuring A&E wards are safe during possible Covid-19 surges this winter.

He spoke as Pendle, Lancs, and Oldham, Greater Manchester, were told they could face stricter lockdown rules as virus cases rise.

Around 11.9 per 100,000 aged 15-44 caught the virus in the week to August 2, compared with 8.8 per 100,000 five weeks ago.

The infant infection rate rose to 3.8 per 100,000 diagnosed a week, compared with 2.7 at the start of July. Rates for five to 15s went from 2.8 to 3.7 in just over a month.

Epidemiologist Professor Paul Hunter of the University of East Anglia said: “I suspect young children may be more infectious than we have assumed. This is clearly something that needs to be watched very carefully.”

Deaths in England and Wales remained below the fiveyear average for the seventh week in a row, the Office for National Statistics said.

Figures for the week to July 31 showed there were 8,946 deaths registered, 90 fewer than average. Deaths in care homes, hospitals and other communal centres are below the levels usually expected but those in private homes continue to be higher than the five-year average.

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