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The prime minister has announced a national lockdown, ordering people to stay home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives

The prime minister has announced a national lockdown, ordering people to stay home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives

The decision follows a rapid surge in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, and our hospitals are now under more pressure than at any other time during the pandemic

This drastic jump in cases has been attributed to the new variant of COVID-19, which our scientists have now confirmed to be between 50 and 70 percent more transmissible

On 4 January 26 were in England626 Covid patients in hospital, an increase of over 30% in one week, and the peak in hospital admissions in April 2020 has now been exceeded by 40%

The fall rate in England was 29 December 4785 per 100000, three times higher than on 1 December when the fall rate was 1513

On 3 January 454 deaths were reported, including 4228 in the last 7 days – a 24% increase over the last 7 days

This afternoon the four UK Chief Medical Officers recommended moving the COVID threat level from level four to level five, indicating that if no action is taken, NHS capacity may be overwhelmed within 21 days / p>

The Prime Minister praised the joint efforts of all to bring this virus under control and emphasized the great national efforts to fight Covid. Nevertheless, the pressure on our NHS, the rapidly increasing infection rates and hospital admissions due to the new variant unfortunately make another one National blocking required

Starting tomorrow, all elementary schools, secondary schools and colleges will move to distance learning, with the exception of the children of key workers and vulnerable children.While COVID-19 is still very unlikely to affect children severely, the government recognizes that Schools need to be included in the restrictions in order to have the best chance of getting the virus under control, as schools can act as transmission vectors that cause the virus to spread between households when rates are high

Facilities for early years such as kindergartens, alternative facilities, and special schools will remain open, and vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, child minders, and other childcare activities

The government is also advising those at high clinical risk to start shielding again, and letters are being sent out to individuals advising what this means to them

All non-essential retail, hospitality, and personal care services must be closed or remain closed Restaurants can continue to deliver, take-away, or click-pickup food and soft drinks However, the venues will no longer be able to offer take-away or click alcohol

Major shops and garden centers can remain open. Entertainment and animal attractions such as zoos must be closed, but the outdoor areas of venues such as historic houses and botanical gardens can remain open for sports purposes. Playgrounds can also remain open.

Indoor and outdoor sports facilities such as sports fields, fitness studios, golf courses, swimming pools and riding arenas must also be closed. Top-level and disabled sports can continue, as can physical education for the children who go to school

The restrictions go into effect tomorrow and are expected to be in place by mid-February if the situation in hospitals improves, by which time the NHS hopes to have vaccinated everyone in the four main priority groups identified by the JCVI – including residents and staff of older nursing homes , all over 70s, all NHS and frontline nurses, and all clinically extremely vulnerable people

By vaccinating the most vulnerable, it will protect the most at risk from COVID-19, which will greatly reduce the current pressures on the NHS

According to the latest data available, the UK has vaccinated more people than the rest of Europe combined and we will continue to speed up our vaccination program

Everyone should follow the new rules from now on, and from 00 they will become law01 on Wednesday Parliament will largely meet remotely on Wednesday to debate and vote on the measures

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