England goes into next tough lockdown

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Due to a significant increase in the number of CoV infections, the British government has again sharply tightened measures. “We have to impose a lockdown in England to get a grip on the new Corona variant,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised address tonight.

“That means staying at home,” Johnson said. The house may now be left only for necessary activities such as doctor’s appointments and work, he said. Schools will have to close. Johnson said the measures would likely remain in effect until mid-February.

Most recently, the U.K. had consistently announced new records for new infections and patients. Most recently, there had been a 20 percent increase in deaths, Johnson said. He blamed it mainly on the mutation of the coronavirus discovered in the United Kingdom. It is 50 to 70 percent more contagious than the previously known form, he said. “Stay at home, protect the (health service) NHS, save lives,” Johnson said.

Scotland also goes into lockdown again
Earlier, a new lockdown was fixed in Scotland in light of sharply rising CoV numbers. Schools are also to remain closed until early February, as the head of government Nicola Sturgeon announced today in Edinburgh.

Only children of parents in system-relevant professions will still be able to learn in school; everyone else is to be taught online. Meetings with other households are limited to two people outside. People are to stay at home – as far as possible. Group sports activities are banned, and non-essential stores and restaurants must also remain closed. Previously, Scotland had a multi-tiered system of rules depending on the level of infection.

Sturgeon said she is as concerned about the current situation as she last was in early March at the start of the pandemic. In recent days, case numbers in Scotland have skyrocketed, with the number of new infections exceeding 2,600 on several occasions.

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