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British Prime Minister Boris johnson has been criticized for traveling 11 kilometers from his home in Downing Street to ride a bike amid the growing cases of coronavirus in the country.

Johnson was seen cycling in the Olympic Park in East London on Sunday, the Evening standard reports.

A spokesman for the prime minister did not confirm whether Johnson had been driven to the park or cycled there, the BBC reports.

A file photo of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a bicycle. Johnson has been criticized for taking a bike ride seven miles from Downing Street, as the pandemic guidelines advise people to stay in their local area. (Getty)

They said Johnson had met the COVID-19 guidelines.

But opposition Labor MP Andy Slaughter, who represents Hammersmith’s London headquarters, criticized Johnson.

“Again, it’s doing what I say, not what I do, of the prime minister,” Slaughter said.

“London has some of the highest infection rates in the country. Boris Johnson should lead by example.”

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked at the government press conference on Monday whether traveling 11 kilometers by bicycle was within the rules.

Mr. Hancock said, “Okay, if you went out for a long walk and ended up seven miles from your house, that’s okay, but you have to stay local.”

“It’s okay to go for a long walk or bike ride or exercise, but stay local.”

The dispute over Johnson’s bike ride comes amid rising coronavirus cases in the UK and warnings that hospitals are overwhelmed.

the UK is entering its most challenging weeks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemica senior official said Monday, as hospitals face overrun and morgues fill up.
“We are now at the worst moment of this epidemic for the UK,” said England’s chief medical professor. Chris whitty he told the BBC.

“In the future we will have the vaccine, but the numbers at the moment are higher than at the previous peak, by some distance.

Professor Whitty said he expects the next few weeks to be “the most dangerous time.”

The country, which has already suffered more deaths as a result of the disease than any European nation and recently became the fifth nation in the world to reach the grim milestone of three million cases, is about to see its hospitals overwhelmed.

Professor Whitty told the BBC on Monday that there are currently more than 30,000 patients in the hospital, compared to 18,000 during the first peak of the virus in the UK in April.

“We are now in a situation where in the UK as a whole, around one in 50 people is infected, and in London it is around one in 30,” he said.

“There is a very high possibility that if you meet someone unnecessarily, they have COVID.”

A patient outside the Royal London Hospital in London. London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a ‘major incident’ last week warning that the spread of the coronavirus threatens to ‘overwhelm’ hospitals in the capital. (PA Images via Getty Images)
A patient is admitted to the Royal London Hospital in London during England’s third national lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (PA Images via Getty Images)

But fears are mounting that the British are increasingly giving up on complying with the rules, as the number of cases continues to rise despite extreme measures.

Professor Whitty emphasized that minimizing contact with others will prevent the situation from getting worse.

“Every unnecessary contact that any of us have is a potential link in a chain of transmission that will eventually lead to a vulnerable person,” he told the BBC.

“So the absolute key is for all of us to think, do we really need to have this contact?”

Professor Whitty’s intervention occurs as the number of daily deaths in the UK are still very high, a point darkly illustrated by the fact that in a southern England county, bodies are stored in a temporary facility as the morgues are full.
An empty Trafalgar Square in London. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)
With increased measures, people can no longer leave their homes without a reasonable excuse and schools must close for the majority of students. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The temporary facility in Surrey, south London, can house an additional 800 bodies, in addition to the 600 that can be stored in morgues.

“To get a perspective on this, during the first wave, 700 bodies passed through that (temporary) facility … The first wave lasted about 12 weeks from mid-March to mid-May … From December 21, after In just two and a half weeks, they have gone through 300 bodies, “a spokesman for the Surrey Local Resilience Forum told the UK Palestinian Authority news agency.

The UK has been ahead of the curve in approve COVID-19 vaccines and on Monday the government is expected to describe how it will reach its goal of vaccinating 13 million people by February 15.

Much of the program will be run by vaccination centers across the country, the first of which opens Monday, and an army of volunteers trained to administer the vaccine.

The UK aims to vaccinate 13 million people by February 15, 2021. (AP)
And even the good news that two million people have been vaccinated has soured from the reported shortage of vaccine in some hospitals.

It is not clear why the shortage occurs: the government has faced criticism for how it plans to prioritize the distribution of the doses it has.

If Professor Whitty’s worst fears are realized, the National Health Service will come under enormous pressure as it tries to cope with record-breaking hospital admissions, care for dead bodies, vaccinate the most vulnerable citizens and at the same time lead to carry out normal procedures.

The government hopes that Professor Whitty’s harsh warnings will force citizens to comply with measures to stop the spread of the virus.


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