British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new COVID-19 lockdown

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A new  COVIC-19 lockdown to take effect Thursday in the United Kingdom if passed by Parliament, announced British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on Saturday.

Johnson said the lockdown would close down pubs, bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery service through Dec. 2.

However, shops for food and other essential items and schools will remain open throughout the lockdown.

Johnson said this means citizens should stay at home except for essential activities, such as medical reasons, providing care for vulnerable people, work, exercise, recreation, picking up essential items, escaping from harm and school.

Prior to his announcement, Johnson’s COVID-19 scientific advisors reviewed models showing hospitalizations and deaths could get worse than the peak in the first wave in the spring without action.

Britain reported 24,405 new coronavirus cases and 274 deaths for Friday. The country has had more than 1 million cases and 46,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to The New York Times‘ global coronavirus tracker.

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