Coronavirus: Boris Johnson announces severe national lockdown for England

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a severe lockdown for England on the back of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases. 

“The government is once again instructing you to stay at home,” Johnson told Brits.

He says people can only leave home for limited reasons, like to shop for essentials, to go to work if you cannot work from home, to exercise, to seek medical assistance or to escape domestic abuse. 

Schools must move to remote learning, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. Not all exams will be able to go ahead as normal this coming summer, the Prime Minister says.

Johnson says authorities have been doing everything they can to keep schools open. However, schools may act as vectors for transmission, causing it to spread between households.

Restrictions are likely to last until the middle or end of February.

The difference between now and back in March – when the UK first went into a national lockdown – is that Britian is now rolling out vaccinations, Johnson says.

He believes the country is entering the “last phase of the struggle” despite the weeks ahead likely to be the hardest yet.

“Thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight but we know exactly how we are going to get there.” 

(click HERE to watch: New UK variant detected in New Zealand as 19 coronavirus cases found in managed isolation. Credits: Video – Newshub; Image – Getty)

(Source: Newshub 05th January 2021)

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