The UK is ordering a strict lockdown as the Coronavirus variable soars

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered a new lockdown across Britain in a bid to contain a new version of the Corona Virus. at Televised titleIn, Johnson described the next few weeks as a “defining moment” in the nation’s fight against COVID-19.

The New scale It enforces the closure of all schools, closes personal grooming services such as barbers and hairdressers, and bans eating in restaurants. While the fines apply to those who leave their homes without valid excuses, there are exceptions for those who gather food, go to and from childcare, get medical supplies, or real emergencies.

Residents are asked to limit their outdoor exercise to once per day. You are not allowed to meet more than one person outside your home for picnics or drinks.

Johnson said he understood the “inconvenience and distress” that a rapid school closure could cause families.

“We did everything in our power to keep schools open because we know how important every day in education is to children’s life chances,” Johnson said. “The problem is not that schools are not safe for children – as children are still unlikely to be severely affected by the new variant of COVID – the problem is that schools may nonetheless act as vectors of virus transmission, causing the virus to spread among families.”

The new variant of COVID-19 was The first discovery In southeast England it is already leading to a significant increase in the number of cases. More than 50,000 cases of the new coronavirus are recorded every day, and hospitals in some regions are already overburdened with the influx of patients. Johnson said the new variant is 50 to 70% more transmissible, which makes him more susceptible to contracting and transmitting the virus.

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Corona virus pandemic in Britain
A family in Liverpool watches UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson address the nation January 4, 2021.

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Before the announcement, more than two-thirds of Britain was already subject to the most severe Tier 4 restrictions. Crucially, if everyone plays their part by following the rules, then I hope we can steadily emerge from lockdown, Johnson said.

The rapidly spreading variant of COVID-19 has traveled from the United Kingdom to other regions around the world. Recently, it was discovered in New YorkAnd the California And Colorado, in patients with no recent travel history. According to leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, there are “likely more cases” of the new strain in the United States.

More than 2.7 million people have contracted the virus in the United Kingdom, with more than 75,000 deaths, according to data you have collected Johns Hopkins University.


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Tucker Ryals and Charlie Dagatta contributed to this report.

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