Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Police warning ahead of sizzling hot weekend across UK as coronavirus cases soar

Police have warned the public to observe lockdown measures ahead of hot weather predicted to sweep across the UK as the nation nears a critical point in the fight against coronavirus.

The Met Office has forecast temperatures nearing the mid-20Cs this weekend as a warm weather front wafts upwards from the Netherlands.

The weather is predicted to be largely dry, bright and fine – while the mercury is expected to hit 24C around parts of the South East.

The balmy conditions come amid reports the Government is considering a two week “circuit breaker” lockdown after a spike in positive coronavirus test results.

And emergency services fear the public will throw caution to the wind when the skies clear and the sun beams down – prompting police to issue a stark warning.

Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix of Kent Police said: "Kent has had a very good compliance rate when it comes to adhering to the national health advice around the coronavirus.

"However, the Government has made it clear that the risk of increasing infections is too great to ignore and stricter social gathering rules have now come into effect to help keep everyone safe.

"Kent Police officers continue to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the latest advice and enforcement will be used as a last resort.

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"There will be an increased presence in key locations around the county to ensure the current national advice is adhered to, such as preventing unlicensed music events and illegal gatherings.

"Officers will also continue to work with partner agencies such as local councils to make sure safety advice is respected in public spaces such as parks and beaches.

"Covid-19 remains a real and deadly threat and we all need to take responsibility for our actions in helping reduce the spread of the virus and ultimately save lives."

The warning comes after large swathes of the North East of England were placed back in to lockdown ahead of the weekend.

Many areas of the North have seen the introduction of curfews – with pubs forced to shut their doors at 10pm in an effort to limit the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus.

Other parts of the UK – including London – are on the alert that they could face similar restrictions.

The move comes days after the government issued a “Rule of Six” – limiting the number of people who can meet in a group both inside and outdoors as Covid cases increased.

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