‘Can’t have Christmas as planned’: BoJo tells London, Southeast & Peterborough to STAY HOME over rapid spread of new Covid strain
UK PM Boris Johnson has effectively cancelled Christmas for London, the Southeast and the city of Peterborough, banning Brits from meeting family and friends from other households, due to a fast-spreading new coronavirus variant.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you we cannot continue with Christmas as planned. In England, those living in Tier 4 areas should not mix with anyone outside their own household at Christmas,” Johnson said in a televised press conference on Saturday.
Across the rest of the country, the Christmas rules allowing up to three households to meet will now be limited to Christmas Day only, rather than the five days as previously set out.
This is so rude😭😭😭 #Tier4pic.twitter.com/HctPlnBjEN— Tee the strategist🥂 (@TiffanyTi_) December 19, 2020
Tier 4 map. pic.twitter.com/VuuQBjXQYu— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) December 19, 2020
The latest restrictions were made in response to a new variant of the coronavirus that reportedly spreads faster, though there is currently no indication that it is any more deadly or immune to vaccines.
Thread 1/3: Coronavirus press conference slides (19 December 2020) 🔵 Infections have risen again in England in recent weeks and R is above 1 in the UK🔵 Over the last two weeks UK case-rates have increased by more than 50% pic.twitter.com/zaNobSn8Ir— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) December 19, 2020
Johnson claimed the new strain “may be up to 70 percent more transmissible than the old variant”, and that most cases of it have been recorded in those areas now under Tier 4 restrictions.Also on rt.com UK PM Boris Johnson doesn’t rule out 3rd national lockdown as Covid case increase continues
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