Selin ATAY-TDO- Britain’s government is banning gatherings of more than six people in England, as officials try to keep a lid on daily new coronavirus infections after a sharp spike across the U.K.

Officials said that starting Monday, the legal limit on all social gatherings in England will be reduced from the current 30 people to six. The new law applies both indoors and outdoors, including private homes, restaurants and parks.

Failure to comply could result in a 100-pound ($130) fine, if non-compliance with the law was repeated, then the fine would be doubled.

Weddings, school, funerals and organized team sports are exempt, and larger gatherings will also be allowed if the household or “support bubble” is larger than six.

“People have relaxed too much. Now is the time for us to re-engage and realize that this is a continuing threat” Dr. Jonathan Van-Tam, the government’s deputy chief medical officer, said.

The government’s deputy chief medical officer said the rise in infections is “much more marked” among people between 17 and 21.

The U.K. has Europe’s worst death toll from the virus, with nearly 41,600 deaths within 28 days of testing positive. The actual toll is believed to be far higher as the government tally does not include those who died without having been tested.

In the UK, the number of new cases associated with coronavirus has increased in the last 1 month. In the period between June 27 August - August 8, the average number of new cases per day in the country was less than 1,000, while in the last 1 month it has increased to 1700.

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