KUWAIT, Sept 9 : The British government has said strict measures aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 would take effect in England from Monday amid a recent spike in the infection rate.
An increase of 8,396 confirmed cases was reported across the UK since the beginning of the week, including 2,460 on Tuesday alone.
Police will ensure that gatherings of no more than six people, except at schools, work places, funerals or association team sports training venues, are prohibited, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons.
The decision, which will be implemented until further notice, includes gatherings at public venues or enclosed venues, such as restaurants and cafes, he said, adding that violators will be subject to GBP 100-3,200 penalties.
Johnson said the move aims at halting the spread of the virus before the end of the year, ensuring that schools and universities are uninterrupted and that economic activity is not affected as was the case between March and June.
The new measures will only apply to England, as the local authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have the power to act independently in regards to developments on the virus. (KUNA)