A new strain of coronavirus has been identified in Britain. Specialists say it spreads much faster and is more contagious. In response, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new lockdown in London and the southeast.
“We will impose restrictions in the most affected areas, especially in London. This is a new level of danger – level four. Residents of these areas must not leave their homes. Non-mainstream stores, gyms, entertainment venues will be closed. Work must be done from home. Residents of level four areas are not to spend the night outside their homes. Only one person from another family can meet in a public place. The measures will take effect on the morning of December 20,” said the head of the government.
The Prime Minister’s order so impressed Londoners that at the stations and airports instantly formed crowds wishing to urgently leave the capital. Huge traffic jams appeared on the way out of the city. Long lines piled up in the stores wanting to buy Christmas presents. After all, they only had a few hours to do so.
Fearing a new strain of the coronavirus, the Netherlands refused to accept flights from Britain.