In England, the third national lockdown is introduced

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the introduction of a third national lockdown in England due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“A new variant of the virus is spreading at an alarming rate,” he said during a televised address to the nation.

From Tuesday, all schools in England will switch to remote work mode; educational institutions will be able to visit only children of representatives of “key” professions-doctors, social workers, firefighters, police officers, couriers, salesmen, and so on. Residents of the region are allowed to go outside only for a walk, to the doctor, to the store. People with severe chronic diseases are advised not to leave the house at all.

The current lockdown is similar to the spring lockdown and much stricter than the November lockdown.

“You have to start following the rules right now, and from Wednesday, when Parliament meets, it will become law,” Johnson said.

As the Prime Minister explained, the end of the lockdown’s timing depends on the dynamics of infections. He promised that by mid-February, the first four priority groups of the population would receive the COVID-19 vaccine: residents of nursing homes, doctors, the older people, and people with severe chronic diseases.

Over the past day, a record 58,784 cases of coronavirus have been detected in Britain, and more than 50 thousand cases of infection have been recorded daily for a week. In mid-December, the Ministry of Health of the country reported a new strain of SARS-CoV-2. Presumably, it can be transmitted from person to person 70 percent faster than the usual variant of SARS-CoV-2. But data on its impact on mortality or hospitalization is still insufficient.

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