Assaults on police officers in the UK increased by 21% since the lockdowns, BBC reports. This was especially high in Leicestershire, where the cases rose by 102%. Compared to the previous year, during just three months of lockdowns, the number of assaults grew from 6,505 to 7,863.
People spat and coughed at police officers, the source says. As a result, the regulator NPCC (National Police Chiefs’ Council) is considering forcing the offenders to have a blood test for coronavirus. Moreover, it has also requested spit guards for police to prevent similar assaults.
The UK has suffered significant losses as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns. This is especially notable in the economic sector. According to The Guardian, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicted the country’s economic damage to be the worst among developed countries. The Organization suggests the drop in the country’s GDP by as much as 11.5% in 2020, with France, Italy, and Spain following.
Moreover, if the second wave of the virus hits the world, the unemployment rate in the UK might reach as much as 15%, says The Guardian. In July, according to the source, it was 3.9%. One of the reasons for that is more cuts of the white-collar jobs compared to other countries.