Recently, due to the impact of the virus mutation, the already precarious coronavirus situation in the United Kingdom has plummeted, and more than 30,000 new infections have been added in just one day.
This also brings the cumulative number of infections in this country with a total population of more than 60 million. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country has also approached 70,000.
What’s more difficult is that Westerners’ “Spring Festival” – Christmas is coming this week, which means that a large number of Britons will also visit their homes to reunite with their families and visit relatives and friends.
As a result, in the worst-affected city of London, the local government has had to impose the strictest level 4 blockade measures, including prohibiting people from visiting friends during Christmas.
However, the local police said: We can’t do this.
The British tabloid Daily Mail said that in this regard, in order to prevent the further spread of the epidemic, London’s police force has been used to maintain order at local railway stations and other transportation hubs, and there is no way to enforce the more difficult Christmas visit ban.
On the other hand, some senior police officers of the London police said that they did not have effective measures to prevent people from traveling and visiting.
Because despite the ban issued by the government, it also gives some special circumstances that allow travel, which means that people will lie that their travel belongs to these special cases in order to visit relatives and friends. The police are unable to verify the authenticity of these claims and have to let them go.
According to the report of the Daily Mail, the police’s worries are not groundless. Because just after London announced a level 4 blockade in response to the epidemic, many Londoners began to flee desperately before the ban came into effect, so angry that British Health Secretary Hancock angrily denounced the Londoners as “completely irresponsible”.
On the other hand, in addition to the London police saying that they are unable to enforce the authorities’ ban, the emergency immigration restrictions imposed by European countries on the UK may also cause problems in Britain’s food and even vaccine supply.
In another report, the Daily Mail said that France has urgently closed its border with Britain and banned all people and goods from entering France. Although those goods from France can still continue to enter the UK, drivers are afraid to move forward for fear of being stranded in Britain, which will lead to Christmas. Food and vaccine supply are at risk.
The newspaper even wrote in horror: “The UK has been completely quarantined”.
Although the tone of the British newspaper The Guardian is not so loud, it also admits that after France banned British personnel and containers from entering the country, the traffic to Kent, one of the French port cities, had been in chaos, and trucks to the city’s port had lined up for several kilometers.
Finally, I believe that this state of panic that Britain fell into when Christmas is approaching will remind many Chinese people of the panic we experienced at the beginning of this year when the coronavirus epidemic hit us immediately after the Spring Festival.
However, unlike Britain’s current confusion, China’s strong central government closed Wuhan down on January 23 and took strict epidemic prevention measures nationwide through rapid decision-making. This has also become a key turning point for China to finally control the epidemic.