Anti-lockdown demonstrators did protest in central London on Saturday, hours after the British capital moved to the second-highest COVID-19 alert level.
As the second wave of infections gathers pace, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has stepped up local restrictions in parts of England. It is where cases are surging, hoping to shield the economy by allowing the least-affected regions to remain open.
As of midnight, London was moved up to the “tier 2” or “high-risk” level. This bans people from meeting anybody outside their household. Otherwise – “support bubble” including friends or relatives who help to care for children in any indoor setting.
The rules also forbid more than six people to meet outdoors. At the same time, police chose not to enforce them as several thousand anti-lockdown campaigners marched down Oxford Street. Oxford street is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets in normal times.
The protesters view COVID-19 restrictions as unnecessary and a breach of their human rights. Some oppose mask-wearing and vaccinations.
Some carried placards saying “MY BODY MY CHOICE, NO TO MANDATORY MASKS”.
As of Saturday, 57% of the United Kingdom’s population was living under tighter COVID-19 restrictions.
However scientists from the SAGE group that advises to go further and impose a short nationwide lockdown. Or do a so-called “circuit breaker” for the spread of the disease.
Compiled by – MK ( Editor)
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