Coronavirus: UK prime minister orders new national lockdown

Published: Updated:
Enable Read mode
100% Font Size

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new version of the coronavirus.

Johnson said the country is at “a critical moment,” with cases rising rapidly in every part of the country.

Visit our dedicated coronavirus site here for all the latest updates.

Under the new rules, which are set to come into effect as soon as possible, primary and secondary schools and colleges will be closed for face to face learning except for the children of key workers. University students will not be returning until at least mid-February.

All nonessential shops and personal care services like hairdressers will be closed, and restaurants can only operate takeout services.

As of Monday, there were 26,626 COVID patients in hospitals in England, an increase of more than 30 percent from a week ago. That is 40 percent above the highest level of the first wave in the spring.

Read more:

Coronavirus: New York, Florida tell hospitals to dispense COVID-19 vaccines quicker

Coronavirus: Germany, Denmark mull delaying second COVID-19 vaccine shot

Coronavirus: Britain gives first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Top Content Trending