As a new variant of COVID-19 spreads through Great Britain, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has begun to reinstate lockdowns in hopes to maintain control of the virus. “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.” Johnson addressed the UK via a National televised event that measure similar to the ones taken last march were reimposed, including closing of schools.
Citizens are allowed to their leave homes for essential needs such as medical, food and exercise. International travel will still be allowed but it will be to a limited capacity and will need “a legally permitted reason”. The Lockdown is planned to go until February, 2021. 50,000 daily new cases per week put the United Kingdom back in panic mode. The Country has moved to the highest COVID-19 alert level as there has been a 30% increase in COVID-19 patients in hospitals. “We are not confident that the NHS can handle a further sustained rise in cases and without further action there is a material risk of the NHS in several areas being overwhelmed over the next 21 days,” UK Chief Medical Officers said, adding that the new variant, believed to have originated in the UK, has led to rising cases “almost everywhere.”
All hope is not lost as the UK government started its COVID-19 vaccine program last month. The country is in the beginning stages of vaccinating all the at-risk people, around a million people have been give the vaccine in the UK currently. “Thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight, but we know exactly how we will get there. But for now, we must, I am afraid, stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives,” Johnson said as he concluded his speech on Monday.
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