Instances proceed to soar throughout the nation. Is a lockdown the one reply? (Image: Getty)
Regardless of initially trying ahead to a leisure of the foundations over Christmas, following a surge in instances and a new variant of Covid, Boris Johnson plunged London and the South East into tier four restrictions for Christmas.
From Boxing Day, locations reminiscent of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk will be part of these areas, with 43% of the inhabitants of England going through the hardest guidelines from this date.
This implies no mixing with some other households in these areas, and within the different tiers, the variety of households who can combine on Christmas dropped from three to 2.
With the brand new variant carrying a better transmission charge and many individuals already having travelled to completely different elements of the nation earlier than the foundations modified, it’s attainable coronavirus instances might proceed to climb for a while.
Will this end in a 3rd nationwide lockdown?
Will there be a 3rd lockdown?
It’s not but identified whether or not there can be a 3rd lockdown, however Boris Johnson has refused to rule it out.
On a go to to Higher Manchester, the PM stated: ‘We’re hoping very a lot that we can keep away from something like that.
There are various ranges of lockdown restrictions throughout the UK (Andrew Milligan/PA)
‘However the actuality is that the charges of an infection have elevated very a lot in the previous couple of weeks.’
Regardless of not referring to it as a lockdown immediately, the most recent replace means 24 million individuals in England can be pressured to look at powerful measures akin to those skilled over the last lockdown in November.
The outlook is shared throughout the opposite nations within the UK.
In Scotland, Covid restrictions can be relaxed for Christmas Day, however instantly afterwards, mainland Scotland can be positioned below the hardest stage 4 restrictions.
The Scottish stage 4 restrictions are just like the English ones, with a ban on indoor socialising and the closure of all non important retail.
Not like England, the return of colleges in Scotland can be pushed again, with head to head instructing not returning till January 18.
Wales will even see a full lockdown carried out, with only one exception for Christmas Day.
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