A new national lockdown has been announced by the Prime Minister.
In a national broadcast tonight, Boris Johnson said a new variant increases the infection rate and new measures are needed immediately.
The new measures will go into effect as soon as possible but the Prime Minister wants people to follow them from tonight.
He said: “With most of the country or under extreme measures, it is clear that we must do more together to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out.
“So in England we have to go into a national lockdown that is tough enough to contain this variant.”
People are being told to stay at home unless required to do so in a new lockdown, reflecting the lockdown introduced last March.
People can only leave their home for a limited number of reasons, such as: B. for reasons of work and shopping for the essentials.
Sports in parks will stop, but elite sports can continue and playgrounds can remain open.
Restaurants and the like can continue delivery or takeout – but taking away or clicking and collecting alcohol is no longer permitted.
All primaries, secondary schools and colleges will be switched to remote coverage starting tomorrow, with the exception of children of key workers and vulnerable children who can attend in person.
Kindergartens, alternative facilities and special schools will remain open for children at a young age.
All non-essential retail and retail grooming services must be closed, if they have not already done so, and must remain closed.
The existing rules apply with regard to childcare and support bubbles.
Kindergarten children, vulnerable people and children of critical workers over the age of five can continue to attend childcare.
However, students are affected.
Students cannot return to the university and are expected to study from their current place of residence until at least mid-February.
The university only teaches in person for a small number of previously announced critical courses, such as those studying to work in health care.
The Prime Minister received advice today which shows that cases are increasing rapidly in all parts of the country.
According to statistics, there are 26,626 Covid patients in hospital in England as of January 4th.
That’s an increase of more than 30 percent on the same day a week earlier.
The peak of inclusion in the first wave of coronavirus was April 12, 18,974.
New data shows that we are now 40 percent above the highest level of the first wave.
Across the UK, there were 80,664 positive tests on December 29th and another 65,571 on December 30th.
The fall rate in England was over 518 per 100,000 by December 30 – three times what it was in early December when it was 151.3 on December 1.
Officials from all four parts of the UK met today and decided to raise the alert level from 4 to 5.
This is the first time at level 5 – the highest level.
It indicates the risk that health services could become overwhelmed within 21 days without urgent action.