BRITS have reacted with fury as Christmas was cancelled on the final minute – after thousands and thousands shelled out for meals, booze and presents.
London and the south-east is heading into a brand new Tier 4 – just like full lockdown – with all non-essential retailers closed, journey banned and family mixing prohibited.
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Boris Johnson has right now introduced that folks residing in London and areas of the south-east are heading into Tier 4Credit score: Reuters
However the last-minute choice has induced fury on-lineCredit score: Twitter
It means thousands and thousands may face spending Christmas aloneCredit score: Twitter
Social media customers mentioned the PM has U-turned on his earlier choice to permit festive ‘bubbles’Credit score: Twitter
However throughout a press convention this afternoon, he revealed tougher measures are needed to combat a rogue new strain of Covid – often called VUI202012/01 – which spreads 50 per cent quicker.
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In the meantime, circumstances within the UK are surging, with the weekly common fee up 66 per cent in simply two weeks.
In London, the variety of constructive exams has doubled – and 60 per cent of these are induced the brand new pressure.
And now a ‘keep at dwelling’ order has been issued for some areas.
Affected areas embody Kent, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey (excluding Waverley), the boroughs of Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings, all 32 London boroughs and town of London.
Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough
Hertfordshire and Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring) are additionally Tier 4.
The PM’s U-turn has induced fury amongst households who’ve already made plans, booked journey and acquired meals and presents for a lot longed-for reunions.
Many have taken to social media to vent their anger.
One devastated consumer mentioned: “I am sorry however my household have spent cash on meals for my household who’re all coming within the subsequent few days.
“I see my household twice a yr and I’m completely devastated like I can’t clarify how upsetting and disheartening that is.”
Thousands and thousands will not be allowed to journey this Christmas Credit score: Twitter
Persons are additionally banned from family mixingCredit score: Twitter
Many have been left devastated by the choice Credit score: Twitter
Individuals have spent cash on presents for family members who they may no longer see Credit score: Twitter
One other added: “In case you lock us throughout over Christmas – that means households who’ve spent lots of of kilos getting ready to see family members – then you’ve got confirmed what an totally incompetent chief you and your cupboard are.
“Disgrace on you.”
A 3rd mentioned: “After job loss, emergency worldwide transfer, sickness, breakdown, and every little thing else, I simply desperately wanted one thing to sit up for.
“Honeymoon fitted the invoice, however was cancelled 3 times.
“Christmas was the following neatest thing. I spent weeks engaged on menus, precautions.”
England may but observe Wales and Northern Eire in asserting a nationwide lockdowns after Christmas.
New restrictions in Tier 4 embody a ban on mixing with different households
Large swathes of the south-east are affected
The Welsh authorities broke ranks with the remainder of the UK by scaling again Christmas bubbles, in impact from December 23 to 27, from three to 2 households.
In England, folks in Tiers 1, 2 and three can solely combine in bubbles for Christmas Day itself.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty this afternoon confirmed that the new variant is more contagious than previous strains.
He mentioned: “As introduced on Monday, the UK has recognized a brand new variant of Covid-19 by means of Public Well being England’s genomic surveillance.
“Because of the speedy unfold of the brand new variant, preliminary modelling information and quickly rising incidence charges within the South East, the New and Rising Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) now take into account that the brand new pressure can unfold extra shortly.
“We’ve got alerted the World Well being Organisation and are persevering with to analyse the obtainable information to enhance our understanding.
“There isn’t any present proof to recommend the brand new pressure causes a better mortality fee or that it impacts vaccines and coverings though pressing work is underway to substantiate this.
“Given this newest growth it’s now extra important than ever that the general public proceed to take motion of their space to cut back transmission.”
The r-rate is rising within the UK