Retail Therapy, Last Pints: England Readies For New Lockdown

Illuminations lit up in Blackpool, England, Wednesday Nov. 4, 2020, before being switched off at midnight on Wednesday due to the lockdown. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

(AP) – Last-minute shoppers in England are out in force and thirsty drinkers planned their final freshly poured pints in a pub for the next month as Britain prepared to join large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed.

Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items such as books and sneakers, will have to close Thursday until at least Dec. 2. The World Health Organization says European countries recorded a 46% increase in virus deaths compared with the previous week and were responsible for about half of the 1.7 million new cases reported worldwide last week.

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