UK NEWS: Johnson in the UK is issuing stricter rules for coronavirus curbs

The government has been under pressure to tighten proposals to allow up to three families to reunite during a five-day window from December 23, as European neighbors block their plans to reduce disease amid growing tensions.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday slammed calls for tightening coronavirus restrictions over Christmas, as London faces drastic measures and growing concerns over rising crime rates.

The government has been under pressure to tighten proposals to allow up to three families to reunite during a five-day window from December 23, as European neighbors block their plans to reduce disease amid growing tensions.

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The British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Health Service Journal (HSJ) on Tuesday warned that the move by the UK could lead to frustration with the government-run National Health Service (NHS).

But Johnson stressed that it would be “inhumane” to cancel Christmas “now, saying people should think hard about their plans and be” extremely cautious “while still allowed to meet.

“Have a wonderful Christmas,” Johnson told a news conference. “And I’m afraid that this year I mean a little bit.”

After discussions with dedicated government leaders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the British leader said the laws should be considered “non-intentional”.

“We keep the same rules – but we all want to send the same message: A little Christmas will be a safe Christmas, and a short Christmas will be a safe Christmas.”

Johnson said there was a “unanimous” agreement between London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast not to change the policy, after a difficult year of public confusion and closure.

But First Welsh Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that only two cities in the country should meet in the five-day period.

“The fewer people we meet in our homes, the less likely we are to catch or spread the virus,” he told a regular forum.

England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said it was widely known that a reduction in Christmas would lead to more cases, more deaths and deaths.

But he added that such decisions “could not be equated” with risks, while echoing cautionary calls.

“Keep it small, keep it short, keep it in place and think about the people most at risk,” Whitty said, surrounding Johnson on Downing Street.

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Britain was one of the worst-hit countries in the epidemic, with an estimated 65,000 people dying at an estimated 1.9 million, according to government figures.

The increase in infection rates in London and parts of southeastern England has raised concerns about the increase in January, similar to that followed by Thanksgiving holidays in the US.

London exceeded its highest level of restrictions early Wednesday, forcing theaters, restaurants and cafes to close down again, and to prevent mixing of houses.

Grocery stores can still be operational, and people can meet in groups of up to six in public outdoor areas. Schools will also remain open.

The move is one of the most serious cases in the hospitality and entertainment industry, which has lost much of its revenue and jobs since the outbreak.

The cases were doubled in seven days in some areas, according to authorities, in a test that was postponed after hopes of an outbreak were made last week with the start of the vaccination program.

The release saw about 138,000 people receive their first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine since last Tuesday, the government said.

Adherence to existing guidelines is problematic, and concerns have been raised about high levels of infection in high school children aged 11-18 years.

Extended studies in the most affected areas of London and suburbs have been introduced.

England only emerged from detention for four weeks earlier this month, and the government has introduced a three-point regional plan to try and reduce infection rates.

London was placed in “Tier 2”, which means that unnecessary shops and services may be opened, but currently has a high rate of infection in the country.

Under Tier 3, stores and hairdressers can also remain open.

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