London in lockdown as experts say 1 in 50 people there have COVID-19

In September, one in 900 were estimated to have the virus. For the first time since the pandemic began, nearly 60 million are being ordered to stay home.
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thanks to tonight. In the uk at this hour, that nationwide lockdown going into effect. A highly transmissible variant of the virus is now what they're seeing most. James Longman from London. Reporter: The streets of London may be still tonight, but the sheer speed of the new variant gripping Britain is becoming clear. The uk back into a national lockdown, as experts warn 1 in 50 people now have covid. Compare that to 1 in 900 back in September, just before the variant emerged. All but essential businesses, schools and universities closing, examines canceled. And for the third time since the pandemic began, nearly 60 million are being ordered to remain home. Stay home. Protect the nhs and save lives. Reporter: Today, there were more than 60,000 new cases in just one day, the most ever in Britain. When everybody looks at the position, people understand overwhelmingly that we have no choice. Reporter: The new variant is now the dominant one in much of England. And it's a grim warning for at least 32 countries, including the United States, that have seen this specific variant emerge. A difficult picture, but there is hope. The uk plans to nation Nate 13 to 14 million people over the next six weeks. The biggest vaccination program in uk history. David? James, thank you. When we come back here

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