Live as Boris Johnson gives update on Covid and lockdown

The Prime Minister briefed MPs on Wednesday morning of new controls in England before the lockdown law is voted on tonight.

Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown across England in a televised address seen by more than 24.5 million people Monday night.

The lockdown law was published late Tuesday and went into effect Wednesday morning at 12:01 p.m.

MEPs will debate the law on Wednesday afternoon and vote on whether it should be passed this evening afterwards.

The Lockdown Act says the expanded Tier 4 rules can stay in effect across England until March 31st.

You saw that all schools are closed, as well as all non-essential retail stores, pubs, restaurants and cafes.

People were told to stay home except in exceptional cases – limited to activities such as shopping and exercise.

Experts say the next six weeks will be the worst of the pandemic with the NHS, just days before it gets overwhelmed.

Three regions of England saw increases in registered Covid-19 deaths in the week ending December 25, the ONS said – although the number of registrations across England was affected by the Christmas Day holiday.

In eastern England, 301 deaths were recorded in the week ended December 25, up from 237 the previous week and the highest since the week ended May 15.

London had 299 Covid-19 deaths, up from 241 and also the highest since the week ended May 15.

The north-east of England had 180 deaths, up from 143 and the highest since a high of 220 for the week ending November 27.

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