Boris Johnson imposes third national lockdown in England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Moday announced a third national lockdown to be imposed on England.

Johnson who announced this in a televised address to the nation on Monday, said a lockdown “tough enough” to contain the new coronavirus variant is needed.

He said: “Our hospitals are under more pressure from COVID than at any time since the start of the pandemic.

“It’s clear that we need to do more together to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out.”

Echoing words he used when imposed the first national lockdown on 23 March last year, Johnson said: “The government is once again instructing you to stay at home.”

Under the lockdown, people are only allowed to leave their homes for a limited number of reasons, including shopping for essentials, going to work if they cannot work from home, exercising, seeking medical advice and providing care.

All schools, except nurseries, must close under the rules. Johnson announced this just nine hours after insisting “schools are safe” as he defended the reopening of primary schools yesterday.

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