MPs in Westminster voted tonight (Wednesday) to accept the national lockdown in England.
There was a majority of 508 votes as members approved the new provisions with 524 votes to 16.
The lockdown went into effect Wednesday at midnight, but the legislation has now been approved retrospectively.
The UK death toll today reached levels not seen since the Spring Summit.
Severe restrictions on daily life will be enforced by a new law called Health Protection ( Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.
Labor backed the vote, but Boris Johnson faced rebellion within the Conservative Party when the Prime Minister’s MPs voiced their concerns before the vote.
Former Secretary Sir Desmond Swayne called Lockdowns a “total failure” while Sir Robert Syms said the measures, which will be in effect through March 31, are “essentially a three-month blank check to Public Health England to do so do, what they want”.
The division list showed that 12 Conservative MPs voted against the regulations allowing a third national lockdown in England.
They were joined by four DUP MPs who opposed the regulations.
The Prime Minister informed the Commons earlier that the March deadline “was not due to the fact that the full national lockdown would continue until then, but that a steady, controlled and evidence-based descent through the levels is possible on a regional basis”.
He added, “Our emergence from the lockdown cocoon will not be a big bang but a gradual unpacking.”
The government said an additional 1,041 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday – the highest daily total reported since April 21.
The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital in England hit a record 27,727 on January 6th at 8 a.m., according to the latest information from NHS England.
The number is up 22% over a week.