NEW COVID-19 STRAIN: UK GOVERNMENT IMPOSES ANOTHER LOCKDOWN FOR SIX WEEKS
The United Kingdom (UK) Government has imposed another lockdown in the country amid growing fears of a new COVID-19 strain.
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, making the announcement in a nationwide broadcast said authorities need to do more to curtail the spread of the new strain, hence the need for imposing another lockdown.
He said; “It is clear that we need to do more to bring this new variant under control. That means the government is once again instructing you to stay at home.”
Johnson re-imposed measures seen during the first lockdown such as closures of secondary and primary schools.
“People will be allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons like shopping for essentials, exercise, and medical assistance.
“Outdoor sports venues will have to close. But unlike spring’s lockdown, nurseries will not be shuttered, elite sports can go ahead, and places of worship will remain open on the basis that attendees adhere to social distancing rules."
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Kingdom has recorded 2,713,563 COVID-19 infections and 75,431 deaths.