Africans living in the United Kingdom (UK) cry out as England goes into another wave of lockdown, which is stricter than the last one.
Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland warned that those who flout the new lockdown restrictions in England will be fined £200 fine for each breach, which doubles on every offence up to a maximum of £6,400.
Contrary to popular news that Nigerians in England were supported by the government, a Nigerian woman in her mid-30s confirmed that only businesses were financially supported not immigrants.
This view was supported by a Congolese who lives in England who regrets being lockdown there. The Congolese man in his 40s said it is easier to be lock down in Africa than in England. “England leaves with you with little or no option to manoeuvre your ways”.
Meanwhile, the narrative in Africa is different. Many Africans believe those who live in the United Kingdom (UK) are better off under lockdown.
“I prefer to be in England than be in South Africa. In South Africa, they even discriminated against us when they were given out the food parcels. Africa has lots of problems. Lockdown is a big blow on us”, said Joyce Ncube who lives in Honeydew South Africa.
In England, people have been told to stay at home and non-essential shops, pubs and gyms ordered to close.
Unnecessary mixing and mingling indoors and inplrivate gardens are also discouraged in private gardens, unless in a support bubble.
Also, organisers of large gatherings face a £10,000 fine if they flout the restriction rules.