England enters new national lockdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a strict nationwide lockdown Monday as a new variant of the novel coronavirus continues to spread and strain the country's health care system.
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Thank you so much for that. We go overseas now. The United Kingdom is under a strict new lockdown. The new variant of the virus raging throughout the uk causing cases to surge. James Longman is in London with good morning, James. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, Michael. A new year and a new national lockdown. People across Britain are being told they must stay home. This part of town is usually packed, you can see, it's very, very empty, indeed. The national address, the prime minister Boris Johnson said the coming weeks would be the hardest yet and there was more pressure on hospitals from covid than at any time during the pandemic. Infection rates and hospitalizations are soaring with health experts, of course, keeping an eye on that mutation which seems to spread much faster than the original virus. People will still be able to leave their homes for supplies and to exercise but just like the summer, schools and all but the most essential businesses have closed. This as a lawmaker from Scotland has been arrested for breaking lockdown rules back in September. An example to the public of just how serious this situation is. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. I think it's important to say that. New vaccines on the horizon. The prime minister was quite specific and said there were four groups of people he wants to inoculate first, care home residents and careers those anded 70 and over all frontline health and social care workers and the clinically vulnerable. But some 14 million people, that is a huge task to get them vaccinated by mid-february. Of course, it takes some time for those shots to take effect so looks like this country is going to be in lockdown until at least March, Michael. All right, well, what I took out of that wasight at the end of the tunnel. Thanks.

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