Twitter has gone into panic mode as users shared their wildest ideas of what a Tier 5 lockdown could bring amid rumours of the British government announcing new restrictions.
The highest level of restrictions on the UK government’s current menu is Tier 4, also known as ‘Stay at Home’.
That did not stop many online from imagining what a hypothetical ‘Tier 5’ lockdown would look like amid growing speculation of even tougher new rules.
Twitter exploded with memes about Prime Minister Boris Johnson setting up automatic guns outside people’s houses or personally hunting down quarantine rule-breakers.
– Pandemic ‘biggest hit to mental health since Second World War,’ says leading psychiatrist
A leading psychiatrist has said the coronavirus pandemic could be the “biggest hit to mental health since the Second World War”.
Dr Adrian James, the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has said even when the virus is under control, there will be “profound” long-term consequences.
It is probably the biggest hit to mental health since the Second World War. It doesn’t stop when the virus is under control and there are few people in hospital. You’ve got to fund the long-term consequences.”
Mental health charity Mind described the situation by Christmas as a “mental health emergency”, adding that “2020 has been a year of anxiety and uncertainty and more people need us than ever before”.
The charity said in November that more people have experienced a mental health crisis during the pandemic than ever previously recorded.