İrem UZUN -TDO- Coronavirus restrictions in England are "alas probably about to get tougher," UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday, as the country battles to rein in a deadly surge in coronavirus infections. "It may be that we need to do things in the next few weeks that will be tougher in many parts of the country, I'm fully reconciled with that," Johnson said. "I bet the people of this country are reconciled to that," he added.
Cases of COVID-19 in the UK are at record levels, likely fueled by a new and more transmissible variant of the virus. That has already forced the government to cancel the planned reopening of schools in and around London, with calls from teachers’ unions for wider closures. Much of England is already at the highest Tier 4 level, which involves the closure of shops not selling non-essential items and places like gyms and recreation centers as well as a stay-at-home instruction.
Although tougher lockdown restrictions were probably on the way, Johnson said children should continue to attend schools. He said schools were safe, and advised parents to send their children in, in areas where rules allow it. “There is no doubt in my mind that schools are safe, and that education is a priority,” he said.