UK Enters National Lockdown to Combat COVID-19 Resurgence
By admin January 5, 2021

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Boris Johnson Holds Press Conference On The Third National Coronavirus Lockdown : News Photo

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The UK has now entered its third national lockdown with England following Scotland’s lead.

Per the New York Times:

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a strict new national lockdown on Monday as Britain’s desperate race to vaccinate its population risked being overtaken by a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that was on track to overwhelm the nation’s beleaguered hospitals.

After several days of frighteningly high and escalating case numbers, Mr. Johnson ordered schools and colleges in England to close their doors and shift to remote learning. He appealed to Britons to stay at home for all but a few necessary purposes, including essential work and buying food and medicine.

The nationwide restrictions, officials warned, will remain in place until at least the middle of February.

The decision was a fresh setback for Mr. Johnson, coming at a time when the arrival of two vaccines appeared to provide a route out of the crisis after nine fraught months and fierce criticism of his handling of the pandemic.

On the day that the first doses of a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford were administered, the good news was drowned out by the reintroduction of the type of sweeping restrictions used last spring when the pandemic first threatened to run out of control.

In recent weeks, the new, highly transmissible variant of the virus has taken hold in London and southeast England, prompting an alarming spike in case numbers, to close to 60,000 a day, and putting hospitals under acute pressure.

On Sunday, Mr. Johnson acknowledged that the current controls on daily life were insufficient. But the first announcement of a full-scale lockdown came not…”

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Here are some other articles on the new UK lockdown:

BBC — Covid: New lockdowns for England and Scotland ahead of ‘hardest weeks’

SKY News — COVID-19: Boris Johnson announces new national lockdown for England which is expected to last until mid-February

CNN — UK Prime Minister imposes harsh lockdown as new Covid-19 variant spreads

ABC — Here’s Everything We Know and Don’t Know about the Covid-19 Variant

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