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[Published: Thursday October 29 2020]

Pressure on PM Johnson to announce a lockdown

LONDON, 29 Oct. - (ANA) - The United Kingdom (UK) yesterday reported 310 new deaths and 24,701 new cases.

Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose a national lockdown after two of Europe’s biggest economies reintroduced tight restrictions.

President Emmanuel Macron said France risks being “overwhelmed by a second wave”, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country had to “act now”.

France reported 36,437 new cases and 244 deaths yesterday, while Germany clocked a record 16,774 infections and 89 deaths. In worrying signs, the UK posted 24,701 cases and 310 deaths.

The British Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has predicted that Covid-19 cases across the country will soon have “succeeded the levels in areas already in the highest category” of restrictions.  - (ANA) -

AB/ANA/29 October 2020 - - -

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