UK orders new lockdown restrictions. Trump prepares for lockdown demands from Dems
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing new coronavirus restrictions for the United Kingdom, while President Trump has vowed to keep the United States open as election demands make it likely Democrats will increase calls to shutdown economy in a bid to “save lives” as polling day nears.
“In a marked change of tone, Johnson reversed the lifting of some lockdown measures in England, telling people to work from home once again if possible. It comes just weeks after the prime minister repeatedly urged people to return to the office,” says CNBC. Previously Johnson had been urging the UK to reopen.
“He warned that the new measures, which include the early closing of pubs and restaurants, could be in place for up to six months.”
Universities, schools and businesses can remain open if they operate in a manner compliant with COVID restrictions, says Johnson.
In the U.S., President Trump, preparing for Democrat attacks that will argue that a new surge in cases should necessitate new, nationwide lockdowns, has consistently said that there would not be a second shutdown for the U.S. Trump is concerned that the lost jobs and harm to the economy from a nationwide shutdown would be so severe as to outstrip any possible benefit.
“But it’s a horrible thing. Should have never, ever happened,” Trump said according to the Hill when asked about the number of deaths in the U.S. “China let this happen, and just remember that.”
At the UN yesterday, Trump argued in a video message that the world community should hold China accountable for the deaths along with the World Health Organization, a UN-sponsored agency.
“The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is virtually controlled by China, falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease,” Trump said according to CNBC.
“The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” he added.
Trump is hoping that the U.S. can get through the fall elections without resorting to another lockdown, and has blasted some state governments for unwarranted, long-term restrictions on freedoms.
In Colorado, one legislator has complained that the executive orders restricting businesses is so open-ended that they could be extended forever.
“If you read the order executed by Governor Jared Polis, it says that the order will stay in effect as long as COVID-19 is in Colorado,” said Rep. Mark Baisley, a Republican. “That means virtually forever, unless our goal is to eradicate the virus in the wild, which is unrealistic.”
In the meantime, as the fall cold and flu season coincides with the election, voters can be sure that lockdown agitation by Democrats will continue and likely expand.
“I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists,” Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden told ABC’s David Muir in August. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to save lives.”
And kill jobs.
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