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It’s Lockdown No. 3 For England, At Least Six Weeks At Home

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Nearly empty pavements on the normally busy Quayside in Newcastle upon Tyne, northern England, early Tuesday Jan. 5, 2021, the morning after new stay home coronavirus restrictions were imposed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out further measures including closure of schools as part of a seven week lockdown period in England in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus.(Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

(AP) — England is entering a third national lockdown that will last at least six weeks, as authorities struggle to stem a surge in COVID-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals around the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a tough new stay-at-home order for England until at least mid-February to combat a new, more contagious coronavirus variant. The lockdown takes effect at midnight Tuesday. Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon also imposed a lockdown that began Tuesday. The two leaders said the lockdowns were needed to protect the National Health Service from becoming overwhelmed. Hospitals in England are treating 26,626 coronavirus patients, 40% more than during the first peak in April.

 

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