U.K to Enter Third Lockdown, Strictest Since March

By Kurt Stolz on 4 January 2021
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The United Kingdom entered a national lockdown Monday evening as Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the British people to stay home through mid-February.

In an evening address to the nation, the prime minister said that he hoped that 12.2 million of the most vulnerable in society, namely nursing home residents and staff, frontline health workers, those over 70, and the “clinically extremely vulnerable,” would get their first vaccinations by mid-February as the country was entering what he termed “the last phase of the struggle”.

“Now more than ever we must pull together,” the prime minister said in announcing the action.

The move comes after the biosecurity commission recommended moving the Covid-19 alert level from 4 to 5. While Level 4 indicates “a Covid-19 epidemic is in general circulation” and transmission is “high or rising exponentially,” Level 5, which calls for the strictest level of social distancing measures and restrictions, is meant to be used when “there is a material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed.”

All but essential shops are to be shuttered and schools with switch from in-person learning to distance learning during the lockdown, which is expected to last a minimum of seven weeks.

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