December 20th – British Health Secretary Hancock said on the 20th that such behavior was “completely irresponsible” when asked how he thought of the large number of Londoners fleeing the capital before the lockdown.
“It’s obviously a completely irresponsible act [of escaping London] and the Chief Medical Officer is absolutely clear that what people should do is to stay where they are,” Hancock told the media.
However, he also believes that the vast majority of people have been following the rules, taking responsibility and playing a role throughout the pandemic.”
It is more important than ever to take responsibility. People should not only abide by the rules, but also limit social contact as much as possible,” the health minister added.
Hancock also said on the same day that the new strain of COVID-19 found in the country has been out of control, and the British government must control it and have the responsibility to take action.
Because of the restrictions, he also mentioned that he could not meet his mother during Christmas.
British Prime Minister Johnson said at a press conference on the 19th of the epidemic that from the 20th, London, southeast and eastern England will be upgraded from the current level of prevention and control to level four for two weeks, corresponding measures similar to the large-scale “foot ban” measures introduced in England in November this year.
Under the new epidemic prevention regulations, the British government requires people in London and southeastern England to stay at home, except for necessary reasons such as work.
People are not allowed to party during Christmas holidays, and only one-on-one outdoor limited socialization. Shops and indoor leisure and entertainment facilities selling non-essential goods in the above areas will also be closed.