UK PM Announces Full Lockdown In England Amid Rising Covid Cases

London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reimposed a lockdown in England on Monday as a more transmissible variant of Covid-19 surges up in the country.

The decision follows after a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, and the hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any other point throughout the pandemic.

In England alone, the number of COVID patients in hospitals has increased by nearly a third in the last week to almost 27,000 and that number is 40 per cent higher than the first peak in April.

“It is clear that we need to do more to bring this new variant under control,” Johnson said. “That means the government is once again instructing you to stay at home.” CNN quoted.

Johnson said that citizens may be permitted to leave home for limited reasons such as “shop for essentials, seek medical assistance”.

The announcement for England follows after an announcement earlier on Monday that Scotland would go into lockdown. Wales and Northern Ireland, the other two nations of the United Kingdom, were already in lockdown.

 

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