COVID19: PM Boris Johnson issue a fresh lock down
As the second-wave of the Covid19 continues to ravage many countries of the world, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a strict new national lockdown for England.
Mr. Johnson in his address to the nation tonight said everyone must stay at home except for permitted reasons and schools closed.
Mr. Johnson said the lockdown will come into effect from this evening and will last until the middle of February at the earliest.
Under the lockdown, people will be told to stay at home, only being able to leave for some specific circumstances.
These circumstances include going to work if it is ‘impossible’ to work from homes, such as critical workers or those working in construction.
People will be allowed to leave their homes to shop for necessities including food and medicine and to exercise once a day, preferably locally.
Exceptions will also be permitted for those providing care or help to a vulnerable person and for people attending medical appointments or seeking medical care.
From tomorrow, all primary, secondary schools and colleges will move to remote learning except for the children of key workers.
Speaking from Downing Street, Mr. Johnson said the weeks ahead would be the “hardest yet”.
But he added that he believed the country was entering “the last phase of the struggle”.
On Monday, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases for the seventh day in a row.
Mr. Johnson also said those in the top four priority groups would receive a first vaccine dose by mid-February.