As coronavirus cases spiral, Europe starts 2021 by extending lockdowns

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a strict new national lockdown in England on Monday. The restrictions will last for at least six weeks.

“It’s clear that we need to do more together to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out,” Johnson said in an address to the nation on Monday evening.

“In England, we must therefore go into a national lockdown which is tough enough to contain this variant. That means the government is once again instructing you to stay at home,” he added.

Covid-19 cases in the UK hit a new daily record on Tuesday, with 60,916 new infections reported, government data shows. The UK’s death toll is now more than 76,000.

Johnson reimposed measures seen during the first lockdown last spring. From midnight local time on Tuesday, people in England are allowed to leave their homes only for limited reasons like shopping

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