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Boris Johnson imposes nationwide lockdown on England

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a distant press convention to replace the nation on the post-Brexit commerce settlement, inside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 24, 2020.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated England is adopting a nationwide lockdown that he hopes might be powerful sufficient to comprise a brand new, extremely contagious variant of Covid-19.

People can solely go away their houses to buy necessities, work if they can not from house, train, go to the physician’s and escape home abuse, he stated in an announcement Monday night. Primary, secondary and faculties may also transfer to distant studying Tuesday, besides in uncommon circumstances, he stated.

“I completely understand the inconvenience and distress this change will cause millions of people and parents up and down the country,” Johnson stated. “The problem isn’t that schools are unsafe for children … the problem is that schools may act as vectors of transmission, causing the virus to spread between households.”

The U.Ok.’s chief medical officers really useful the nation transfer to alert stage 5, which means that if the nation does not take this motion the National Health Service capability “may be overwhelmed in 21 days,” Johnson stated.

The modifications come because the U.Ok. grapples with a extra transmissible variant of Covid-19. To date, the nation has recorded over 2.6 million circumstances of Covid-19 and greater than 75,000 associated deaths, in accordance with knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

On Monday, the U.Ok. recorded 58,784 new circumstances, and has now reported greater than 50,000 new coronavirus circumstances for seven days in a row.

“The number of deaths is by 20% over the last week and will sadly rise further … With most of the country already under extreme measures, it’s clear that we need to do more together to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out.”

Johnson warned earlier on Monday that the U.Ok. had “tough, tough weeks to come” and there was “no question” harder measures can be carried out.

Ahead of the announcement, greater than three-quarters of England have been residing underneath “Tier 4” restrictions, the nation’s hardest stage of measures.

On Monday afternoon, Scotland’s chief Nicola Sturgeon introduced a brand new stay-at-home order for the nation’s residents from midnight. Schools in Scotland will stay closed till the start of February.

Kier Starmer, chief of the U.Ok.’s important opposition Labour Party, tweeted on Sunday that Johnson “must put national restrictions in place within the next 24 hours.”

Coronavirus vaccines are the one brilliant spot in a pandemic that continues to rage throughout the U.Ok. and far of the West. On Monday, the U.Ok. started its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after beginning to deploy the Pfizer/BioNTech shot in December.

The U.Ok. authorities has determined to implement a 12-week delay between the primary and second doses of each the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines, in a bid to cowl as a lot of the inhabitants as potential.

The U.Ok.’s unbiased Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies stated on Sunday that it endorsed the transfer, with circumstances, nonetheless the British Medical Association has criticized the U.Ok.’s determination to delay second doses.

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