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Good evening and apologies for disturbing your Saturday night with more Covid news and I can assure you I wouldn’t do it unless it was absolutely necessary

I will first hand over to Chris and then to Patrick who will present the latest data

Thank you very much Patrick and Chris I’m afraid that no responsible PM can ignore the message of these numbers

When I told you two weeks ago that we were pursuing a local and regional approach to combat this virus, I believed then and still passionately believe that it was the right thing to do

Because we know the cost of these restrictions, the damage they cause, their impact on jobs, livelihoods and people’s mental health

We didn’t want to shut down businesses, pubs and restaurants in one part of the country, where the incidence was very low, while the vast majority of infections were occurring elsewhere

Our hope was that with strong local action and strong local leadership, we could reduce infection rates where disease was increasing and thus solve the problem across the country.

And I want to thank the millions of people who have supported these restrictions in their region for so long. I want to thank the local leaders who have stepped up and the local communities

As you can see from some of these charts, the R has been kept lower than it otherwise would have been, and there are signs that your hard work has paid off

And we will continue to adopt a pragmatic and local approach as much as possible in the coming months

But as we have also seen in these graphics, we must be humble in the face of nature

And in this country, alas as in much of Europe, the virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst-case scenario of our scientific advisers

Whose models you just saw suggest that if we don’t act we could see deaths in this country in the thousands a day

Even in the South West, where the incidence was so low and still so low, it is now clear that current projections mean they will run out of hospital capacity in a few weeks unless we act

And let me explain why overtaking the NHS would be a medical and moral disaster beyond the gross loss of life

Because the huge exponential growth in the number of patients – by no means all elderly, for that matter – would mean that doctors and nurses would be forced to choose which patients to treat

And doctors and nurses would be forced to choose between saving covid patients and non-covid patients

And the weight of the demand for covid would mean depriving tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of non-covid patients of the care they need

It is crucial to understand that the general threat to public health does not come from focusing too much on covid, but not focusing enough, not controlling them

And if we let the lines in these charts grow the way they could and the way they should grow, then the risk is that for the first time in our lives the NHS is not here for us and for our families

And although I could now double the capacity overnight – and I’m obviously proud that we have increased the capacity considerably, we have the nightingales, we now have 13,000 more nurses than last year, we have a lot more doctors – but that still wouldn’t be enough, as the virus is doubling faster than we could possibly add capacity

For education;
For work, say if you can’t work from home;
For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household or alone with someone from another household;
For medical reasons, for appointments and to escape injury or injury;
To buy food and essentials;
And to care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer

I’m worried that non-essential stores, leisure and entertainment venues will all be closed – although click and collect services may continue and essential stores will remain open so there is no need to stock up

Workplaces should be kept open where people cannot work from home, for example in construction or manufacturing

Single adult households can still form exclusive supportive bubbles with another household, and children will still be able to move between houses if their parents are separated

If you are clinically vulnerable, or if you are over the age of 60, you should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimize your contact with others

I know how tough the shielding was, and we won’t ask people to protect themselves again in the same way.However, we ask those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to minimize their contact with others, and to not going to work if they cannot work from home

I have no illusions about how difficult this will be for companies that have already had to endure difficulties this year. I’m really, really sorry for that

That is why we are also going to extend the leave system until November The leave program was a success in the spring It has accompanied people and companies in a critical period We will not end We will extend it until ‘in December

These measures will above all be limited in time, from next Thursday 5 November They will end on Wednesday 2 December, when we will seek to ease the restrictions, returning to the system at several levels on a local and regional basis by based on the latest data and trends

Christmas will be different this year, very different, but I sincerely hope and believe that by acting tough now we can make it possible for families across the country to be together

My priority, our priority, remains to keep people in education – so daycares, childcare facilities, schools, colleges and universities will all remain open Our senior clinicians always advise that the school is the best place for children

We cannot let this virus damage our children’s future even more than it has already done. I urge parents to continue taking their children to school and I am extremely grateful to the teachers from across the country for their dedication to keeping schools open

So please – this is really important – unless your clinicians tell you otherwise, you should continue to use the NHS, do your scans, show up for your appointments and collect your treatments Where possible, we want you to continue to access these services, now and through the winter.Indeed, only by taking this step can we protect the NHS for you

On Monday I will present our plans to Parliament On Wednesday Parliament will debate and vote on these measures which, if adopted, will, as I said, enter into force on Thursday

We have informed the devolved administrations of the steps we are taking in England and we are ready to work with them on plans for Christmas and beyond

We must remember that we are not alone in what we are going through Our friends in Belgium, France and Germany had to take very similar measures

As we come together now to fight this second wave, I want to say something about the way forward

And as I said before, I am optimistic that it will be very different and better by spring

It’s not just that we have ever better drugs and therapies, and the realistic hope of a vaccine in the first trimester of next year

We now have the immediate prospect of using millions of cheap, reliable and above all fast rollover tests

Tests that you can use yourself to determine whether or not you are infectious and get the result in ten to 15 minutes

And we know, from trials across the country in schools and hospitals, that we can use these tests not only to locate infected people, but also to reduce disease

And so over the next few days and weeks, we anticipate a steady but massive expansion in the deployment of these rapid turnaround tests

Helping women to have their partners with them in the delivery rooms when giving birth for tests in entire cities and even entire cities

The army has been brought in to work on logistics and the program will start in a few days

Work with local communities, local authorities, public health directors and organizations of all kinds to help people find out if they are infectious or not, then immediately get them to self-isolate and stop the spread

And I can tell you tonight that scientists can be unanimously gloomy about the immediate options

We’ll be fine – but we need to act now to contain this fall wave

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News from the world – GB – Statement by the Prime Minister on the coronavirus (COVID-19): October 31, 2020

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-ministers-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-31-october-2020