Johnson declares new lockdown as cases surge
- 05 January 2021
Everyone in England must stay at home except for permitted reasons during a new coronavirus lockdown expected to last until mid-February, the PM says, APA reports citing BBC.
All schools and colleges will close to most pupils and switch to remote learning from Tuesday.
Boris Johnson urged people to follow the rules immediately amid surging cases and patient numbers.
He said those in the top four priority groups would receive a first vaccine dose by the middle of next month.
Speaking from Downing Street, Mr Johnson said all the new measures would last until at least the middle of February.
He said the weeks ahead would be the "hardest yet" as a new more infectious variant of the virus spreads across the UK.
The PM added that he believed the country was entering "the last phase of the struggle".
And he reiterated the slogan used earlier in the pandemic, urging people to "stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives".
Scotland earlier issued a stay-at-home order and joined Wales in closing classrooms for most pupils.
Northern Ireland's Stormont Executive are also meeting to discuss possible new measures.
On Monday, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases for the seventh day in a row.
A further 58,784 cases and an additional 407 deaths within 28 days of a positive test result were reported, though deaths in Scotland were not recorded.