Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled Christmas for more than 16 million people in London, south-eastern and eastern England as the there is a new two-week lockdown imposed on Sunday midnight.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also warned that London could be under a lockdown for months altogether, as it will be “very difficult” to keep a highly infectious mutant strain of the novel coronavirus under control till the time vaccinations are rolled out.
The new restrictions will be again reviewed on December 30. Also Hancock said it will be difficult to be relaxed at this point.
“It is going to be very difficult to keep it under control until we have the vaccine rolled out,” he told Sky News. “We know with this new variant you can catch it more easily from a small amount of the virus being present. “All of the different measures we have in place, we need more of them to control the spread of the new variant than we did to control the spread of the old variant. “That is the fundamental problem,” the Health Secretary added.
Also, the permission to visit the three households during the 5 days around Christmas is also scrapped.
The UK has so far reported a total of 2,046,161 coronavirus cases since the onset of the pandemic earlier this year, while the death toll stood at 67,503.