British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown for England on Monday, lasting until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new version of the coronavirus.
Johnson said the country is at “a critical moment” with cases rising rapidly in every part of the country.
Under the new rules, which are set to come into effect as soon as possible, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges will be closed for in-person learning except for the children of essential workers. University students will not be physically returning until at least mid-February.
All non-essential shops and personal care services like hairdressers will be closed, and restaurants can only operate takeout services.
As of Monday, there are a reported 26,626 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in England, an increase of more than 30 per cent from a week ago. That is 40 per cent above the highest level of the first wave in the spring.
For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7554253/coronavirus-uk-new-lockdown/
Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc
Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ
Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt
Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB
#Coronavirus #COVID19 #UK #GlobalNews