LONDON – Londoners attacked the re-emerging COVID-19 epidemic and stormed bars and restaurants on Wednesday night, hours before the end of a new lunar eclipse across England.
While the number of UK people killed by coronavirus rose on Wednesday in 492, the highest since mid-May, London’s Soho resort district was busy with recreational activities demanding one last night before closure.
People will be instructed to stay home from 0001 GMT on Thursday to combat the spread of new diseases which scientists say, if left unchecked, could cause more deaths than the first wave that forced the closure of three months earlier this year.
The United Kingdom has the highest official mortality rates in Europe from COVID-19 and is facing more than 20,000 new cases of coronavirus per day. Scientists have warned of a “very bad” condition of 80,000 dead people that could be passed without action.
Even before Wednesday, data from the OpenTable restaurant reservation service showed an increase in demand for London restaurants in preparation for the new closure.
Several English police officers have used social media to urge people to come out on Wednesday night to follow anti-riot laws.
Some UK countries – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – have their own lockout policies and set strict health restrictions last month.