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UK PM Johnson to impose new lockdown until 2 December

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson will impose a new month-long national lockdown in England until Dec. 2, ITV’s political editor said on Saturday.

All but essential shops will be asked to close and people should no longer meet family or friends indoors, Robert Peston said. Schools, universities and courts will remain open, he said.

The restrictions will be similar to those introduced at the start of the pandemic in March, however this time schools and universities are expected to remain open.

People will still be able to exercise outdoors, and travel to work if they cannot work from home, though restrictions on international travel are likely to be introduced.

The introduction of national restrictions marks a dramatic shift in Government policy, as the Prime Minister has until now resisted pressure to reintroduce nationwide restrictions.

It comes after new data showed the extent of cases across England. The Office for National Statistics estimated that 568,100 people in households were infected with coronavirus in the week ending October 23.

Members of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have backed the introduction of more stringent measures. – Reuters / Evening Standard ■

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