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England enters national lockdown

England will enter a new national lockdown, Boris Johnson has announced, with the Prime Minister urging people to ‘stay at home’.

Revealed in a late TV address on Monday, messaging was akin to the lockdown the country experienced in March last year. 

It is expected that the lockdown, that will be brought into effect immediately, will last until the middle of February at the least, with people across the country being told to avoid leaving home unless absolutely necessary.

The current tiered system will now be replaced with updated rules from this evening.

The five exceptions for staying at home are:

• for work, if people cannot work from home, such as those in the construction sector or key workers
• to shop for necessities such as food or medicines
• to exercise once per day at a local location. This can include with one other person from outside someone’s household or support/childcare bubble
• to provide care or help to vulnerable people
• to attend medical appointments, get medical care or a coronavirus test, or to flee the threat of harm or violence.

All primary schools, secondary schools and colleges will move to online learning from tomorrow, but nurseries can remain open while childcare and support bubbles will stay in place.

The news comes after First Scottish Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, put Scotland onto a similar lockdown until the end of January – with the construction and manufacturing sectors remaining open.

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