As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit many countries hard, England is set to go on a full national lockdown for the second time.
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson confirmed that England would be following Scotland into full national lockdown.
Boris Johnson made the televised announcement amid an explosion in cases and hospitalizations in the country.
Case numbers have rocketed following the identification of a new faster-spreading variant of the virus in the country in December.
England will go back into full national coronavirus lockdown with schools closed and the public required to stay at home until at least mid-February, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday evening.
Johnson used a televised statement to announce that the entire country will be placed into full lockdown, with household mixing banned indoors and only essential shops remaining open.
Schools will be closed to all but the vulnerable children and the children of essential workers from Tuesday, just one day after many primary schools re-opened following the Christmas break.
Students will not be expected to return until at least after the February half term, Downing Street indicated.
Under the new measures, members of the public will be ordered to stay at home apart from a limited number of reasons, including caring for the vulnerable, exercise, essential work and buying food and medicine.
Amateur team sports will also be banned, although daily exercise will still be allowed with one other person outside your household.
Johnson’s announcement is the latest in a series of U-turns on tackling the coronavirus made by his government in recent weeks.
The prime minister had planned to allow widespread household mixing over the Christmas period but reversed the decision in some parts of the country with just days to go before the holiday.
Johnson’s announcement today came after teachers across the country were advised by the National Education Union not to attend schools due to the “serious and imminent danger” to their health caused by the virus.