2 weeks earlier, I upgraded you from this podium on the development we had made as a country against coronavirus.
And in many manner ins which advance continues.
The number of clients confessed to hospitals is still falling, and now stands at simply over 100 every day.
In April there were more than 3,000 coronavirus clients in mechanical ventilation beds, now the latest figure is 87.
The number of deaths continues to fall. That is obviously motivating
However I have also consistently cautioned that this virus could come back which we would not hesitate to take swift and definitive action as needed.
I am afraid that in parts of Asia and Latin America the virus is now collecting pace. And our European buddies are also struggling to keep the virus under control.
As we see these increases all over the world, we can not trick ourselves that we are exempt. We need to be willing to react to the very first indications of trouble.
Today, the weekly survey by the Office for National Statistics reports that the frequency of the infection in the community in England is likely to be increasing for the very first time given that May.
Around 1 in 1,500 now have the virus, compared to 1 in 1,800 on 15 July and 1 in 2,000 on 2 July. The ONS likewise approximate there are now 4,900 brand-new infections every day, up from around 3,000 each day on 14 July and 2,000 per day at the end of June
We can’t manage to neglect this proof.
It’s essential to stress that we remain in a far much better position to keep the virus under control now than we were at the start of the pandemic– due to the fact that we understand a lot more about the virus and have a lot of more tools at our disposal to deal with it.
Our screening capability has actually increased 100- fold.
We have a contact tracing system up and running which has actually led to over 184,000 individuals separating who may otherwise have actually spread out the virus and is capable of tracing countless contacts every day.
We have secured products of billions of items of PPE to hold up against brand-new demands on health centers and care houses.
And obviously we have new treatments, like dexamethasone and remdesivir, to reduce healing times and minimize mortality rates.
But as I say, we can not be complacent. I can not– I won’t wait and allow the infection to trigger more discomfort and heartache in this country.
Last night the Health Secretary revealed brand-new limitations on household contact in the North West– specifically Greater Manchester, and parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
These are targeted procedures on social contact in between households, which the information tells us is driving the current boost in cases.
And we understand this sort of intervention works– procedures taken in Leicester and Luton have reduced the infection, enabling us to unwind procedures.
Even as we act in your area, it is also my responsibility to look once again at the measures we have in place nationally because of the information we are seeing about incidence.
At every point I have said our strategy to resume society and the economy is conditional– that it depends on continued progress against the virus, and that we would not think twice to place on the brakes if required.
With those numbers approaching, our assessment is that we should now squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control.
On Saturday 1 August, you’ll keep in mind, we had actually wished to resume in England a number of higher danger settings that had actually remained closed. Today, I hesitate we are holding off these modifications for at least a fortnight.
That suggests that, until 15 August at the earliest:
Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services need to remain closed.
Indoor performances will not resume.
Pilots of bigger crowds in sports places and conference centres will not happen.
Wedding receptions of as much as 30 people will not be permitted, however events can continue to happen, in line with COVID-Secure standards.
I understand that the steps we are taking will be a heavy blow to many individuals– to everybody whose wedding plans have been interrupted, or who now can not commemorate Eid in the method they would want, I am actually, truly sorry about that. We simply can not take the risk.
We will of course research study the information carefully and move on with our intent to open up as quickly as we potentially can.
Two weeks earlier, I likewise said that from tomorrow the government would give employers more discretion over how employees can work safely– whether by continuing to work from home or going to a Covid Secure workplace. We know that employers have gone to big lengths to make offices safe, so that assistance remains unchanged.
We also said we would stop briefly shielding nationally from 1 August– based on clinical guidance, that nationwide time out will continue as prepared, and our medical professionals will be explaining more about that choice later on and about shielding later today.
Most people in this nation are following the guidelines and doing their bit to manage the virus. We need to keep our discipline, we need to be focused and we can not be contented.
I have asked the House Secretary to work with the authorities and others to make sure the guidelines which are already in place are appropriately enforced.
That implies regional authorities acting to shut down properties and cancel events which are not following Covid Secure assistance.
And it implies a greater police presence to ensure face coverings are being used where this is needed by law.
We will likewise extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings where you are likely to come into contact with people you do not generally satisfy, such as museums, galleries, movie theaters and places of worship.
We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings, and this will end up being enforceable in law from 8 August.
At this phase, we are not altering the rules on social contact nationally. I do not wish to tell people to invest less time with their friends. But unless people follow the guidelines and act safely, we may need to go further.
Two weeks earlier, I said we would expect the best but plan for the worst.
And of course we continue to hope for the best. The method to arrive and to achieve that optimal outcome is if we all follow the guidelines, wash our hands, cover our faces, keep our distance– and get a test if we have signs, so that NHS Test and Trace can keep the infection under control.
This is how we will avoid a go back to complete nationwide lockdown.
We’ve made big development together.
I know we are going succeed and I understand we are going to beat this– if every one of us plays our part.