UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK must do all it can to face its 'invisible enemy' as coronavirus cases were rising at an 'exponential rate,' in a televised address in London on Tuesday.
Pubs, bars and restaurants across the country will have to close by 10 pm each night, as part of 'tougher measures' against the virus announced by Johnson.
Earlier on Tuesday, Johnson said new COVID-19 restrictions could last for six months.
«While the vast majority have complied with the rules there have been too many breaches — too many opportunities for our invisible enemy to slip through undetected,» said Johnson.
«The tragic reality of having COVID is that your mild cough can be someone else’s death knell,» Johnson continued. «We will enforce those rules with tougher penalties and fines of up to £10,000 (10,880 euros). We will put more police out on the streets and use the army to backfill if necessary.»
More than 400,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the UK, the largest number in Europe, according to the British government. On Monday, the UK COVID alert level was raised from 3 to 4, the second most serious level, meaning the transmission was high or rising exponentially.