I think other countries are going to follow suit.
Courtesy of BBC News:
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a second national lockdown for England to prevent a “medical and moral disaster” for the NHS.
He said Christmas may be “very different” but he hoped taking action now would mean families can gather.
Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will have to close for four weeks from Thursday, he said.
But unlike the restrictions in spring, schools, colleges and universities can stay open.
After 2 December, the restrictions would be eased and regions would go back to the tiered system, he said.
Mr. Johnson said: “Christmas is going to be different this year, perhaps very different, but it’s my sincere hope and belief that by taking tough action now we can allow families across the country to be together.”
The prime minister told a Downing Street news conference that he was “truly, truly sorry” for the impact on businesses, but said the furlough system paying 80% of employee wages will be extended through November.
“No responsible prime minister” could ignore figures which suggested deaths would reach “several thousand a day”, with a “peak of mortality” worse than the country saw in April, Mr. Johnson said.
England was very slow to respond, but it seems that Johnson finally understands what he has to do to save lives.
America was also very slow to respond, and yet we stubbornly refuse to recognize what we have to do.
I think it is pretty clear that America is going to have to return to a lockdown situation as well, but we have to wait for a leader with enough balls to implement it.
And that leader is clearly not currently available.