By Tony Winterburn • 04 January 2021 • 21:16
Boris Johnson has announced England will be plunged into a nationwide lockdown.
He also said that primary and secondary schools will close immediately and move to online learning for all pupils except children of key workers and the most vulnerable. It comes as the UK recorded 58,784 new cases of the virus – the country’s highest daily increase to date, and the seventh day in a row it has registered more than 50,000 new infections.
University students should stay at home and study remotely, while exams are said to be unlikely to go ahead as planned. Non-essential retail, gyms, sport, and all hospitality is being ordered to close across the country. Nurseries are allowed to stay open. Cafes, bars and restaurants will still be allowed to serve takeaways – but they will NOT be allowed to serve any alcohol. Vulnerable people are being told to shield where possible. Communal worship can continue with social distancing in place.
The PM announced the escalation of Covid curbs in a national televised address from Downing Street, saying parts of the county not already subject to Tier 4 restrictions would now be subject to these as well.
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Does this lockdown include flights into and out of the UK to other countries? This is a large number that I find very concerning! I hope this stops flights out of the UK.
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