Boris Johnson has introduced a brand new nationwide lockdown for England – with individuals instructed to “keep at house” as they did throughout March’s first lockdown.
The prime minister revealed the motion in an eight-minute TV deal with on Monday evening, after being instructed that COVID-19 circumstances are rising quickly in each a part of the nation as a result of new coronavirus variant.
The general public are being requested to observe the brand new guidelines, which exchange the tiers system, from this night.
It’s anticipated the brand new lockdown in England – the third time a nationwide shutdown has been launched – will final till the center of February.
Folks throughout the entire nation should now keep at house other than 5 exceptions:
- for work, if individuals can not make money working from home, resembling these within the building sector or key employees
- to buy requirements resembling meals or medicines
- to train as soon as per day at a neighborhood location. This could embrace with one different particular person from exterior somebody’s family or help/childcare bubble
- to offer care or assist to susceptible individuals
- to attend medical appointments or medical care, or to flee the specter of hurt or violence.
All major colleges, secondary colleges and schools will transfer to on-line studying from tomorrow.
Nonetheless, nurseries can stay open whereas childcare and help bubbles will keep in place.
Those that are judged to be clinically susceptible are being urged to remain at house as a lot as potential and never go to work even when they cannot make money working from home.
They need to solely go exterior for train or to attend well being appointments.
Mr Johnson stated the brand new coronavirus variant was spreading at a “irritating and alarming” velocity.
“As I communicate to you tonight, our hospitals are beneath extra strain from COVID than at any time for the reason that begin of the pandemic,” he added.
The prime minister’s announcement got here after the UK’s COVID alert degree was raised from Degree four to Degree 5, the very best potential, for the primary time.
In a stark warning, the UK’s chief medical officers stated there was a “materials danger of the NHS in a number of areas being overwhelmed over the following 21 days” with out additional motion.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had earlier introduced a nationwide lockdown could be launched in Scotland from midnight tonight.
And the Welsh authorities introduced that each one colleges and schools will transfer to on-line studying till 18 January.
The UK recorded 58,784 new coronavirus circumstances on Monday – the very best day by day complete for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
It’s the seventh day in a row that there have been greater than 50,000 day by day circumstances, whereas authorities figures additionally confirmed there have been 407 extra deaths prior to now 24 hours.
The Home of Commons will likely be recalled from its present recess to sit down on Wednesday, so MPs can hear an announcement from Mr Johnson and to vote on the brand new lockdown restrictions.
Nonetheless Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons’ Speaker, urged MPs to keep away from Westminster “until completely mandatory” and to participate nearly.
New polling printed by YouGov on Monday instructed 79% of Britons are supportive of one other lockdown for the UK, in comparison with 16% who’re towards a contemporary nationwide shutdown.