The United Kingdom reported its 100,000 death from CoVID this week despite a total shutdown and nationalized health service administering vaccines, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying the government did “everything it could.”
“This time last year, it would be almost impossible to believe that a wealthy island nation with a universal healthcare system would go on to have one of the highest death tolls from the emerging coronavirus pandemic,” said Richard Murray, chief executive of the King’s Fund.
“Yet the UK has now passed the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, with many more likely to follow,” he added.
“The years of life lost, the family gatherings not attended and, for so many relatives, the missed chance even to say goodbye – I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a televised address.
“I think on this day I should just really repeat that I am deeply sorry for every life that has been lost, and of course as I was prime minister I take full responsibility for everything that the government has done,” he added.
“What I can tell you is that we truly did everything we could, and continue to do everything that we can, to minimise loss of life and to minimise suffering in what has been a very, very difficult stage, and a very, very difficult crisis for our country, and we will continue to do that,” concluded the Prime Minister.
Read the full report at The Guardian.
CANADA CLOSES BORDER: Country Will Ban Entry for All Non-Citizens, Exceptions in Place for Americans
The Canadian government is closing its borders to all non-permanent residents -with exceptions for American citizens- to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in North America.
“The prime minister also said no one who is displaying symptoms will be permitted to board a flight to Canada, and that air operators will be required to complete a basic health assessment of every passenger based on guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada,” reports the CBC.
“As another measure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Trudeau said international flights will be funnelled to airports in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver to enhance screening,” adds the state-run news agency.
#COVID19: New enhanced measures continue to be added at all of #Canada's international airports including these new screening questions for ALL travellers arriving from ANY international destination. #FlattenTheCurve pic.twitter.com/kGZaDPt28N
— Canada Border Services Agency (@CanBorder) March 16, 2020
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie tested positive for the Coronavirus this week after a trip to the UK; prompting officials nationwide to announce more school, universities, and day care closures across several provinces.
“I have some additional news to share this evening. Unfortunately, the results of Sophie’s COVID-19 test are positive. Therefore, she will be in quarantine for the time being. Her symptoms remain mild and she is taking care of herself and following the advice of our doctor,” posted Trudeau on Twitter.
I have some additional news to share this evening. Unfortunately, the results of Sophie’s COVID-19 test are positive. Therefore, she will be in quarantine for the time being. Her symptoms remain mild and she is taking care of herself and following the advice of our doctor.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 13, 2020
Quebec’s lead Francois Legault announced the province’s decision to close all elementary, high schools, and universities across the province.
“Legault said he knows that this will be an inconvience for parents, but it has to be done to slow as much as possible the spread of COVID-19. Daycare workers will be asked to offer services to parents who must work to provide essential services, Legault said,” reports the Montreal Gazette.
“Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said Friday that Canadians should cancel all non-essential travel outside the country,” adds the newspaper.
Read the full report here.
CHICAGO CLOSED? Mayor Unveils 2-Week ‘Business Curfew,’ Shops to Close at 10PM, Liquor at 9PM
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a mysterious two-week “business curfew” for non-essential businesses starting Friday to slow the spread of CoVID-19 in the nation’s third largest metropolis.
“Starting Friday October 23 at 6:00 a.m., all non-essential businesses will be closed to the public from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. And all liquor sales will stop after 9:00 p.m. Essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants with take-out delivery services are exempt. Lightfoot said she would not hesitate to roll the city back into Phase 3 or a stay-on-place if things get worse,” reports CBS News Chicago.
“We are taking these measures to avoid potential catastrophic impacts. The rapid rise in cases that we’re experiencing here in Chicago is consistent with what we’re seeing, not only across the state, but across the nation, and in many other countries around the world,” Lightfoot said. “COVID-19 thrives in places and in circumstances where people let their guard down. And as the weather cools and people move in indoors, the risk of the spread rises exponentially. That’s why we have been preaching about limiting the size of gatherings, about wearing a mask everywhere, you can, and particularly outside.
“We’re now seeing an uptick again of large groups of people gathering without social distancing and worse, without mask. Some of it, of course, is a misplaced sense that those you know don’t have it. That’s wrong,” she concluded.
Watch Lightfoot’s announcement above.