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Boris Johnson “optimistic” he can set out plan to ease lockdown in England – BBC News

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is optimistic he will be able to set out plans for a cautious easing of restrictions in England. Mr Johnson also said that people will have to learn to live with coronavirus, echoing a suggestion by his Health Secretary Matt Hancock that the virus could be managed …

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New mutated coronavirus from South Africa is “highly concerning” – BBC News

The UK government has said it is “highly concerned” about two cases of a new mutation of the coronavirus which have been identified in people who have arrived from South Africa. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the new strain of the virus is even more infectious than the recent new variant — which is …

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Millions more in England in toughest Tier 4 as Covid cases rise at “dangerous rate”- BBC News

Six million more people in England are to live under Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions after the UK government said case numbers were rising at a “dangerous rate”. Hospital Covid admissions have reached the highest level since April, at the height of the first wave of the pandemic. The Tier 4 restrictions from 26 December will …

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Second “more transmissible” strain of coronavirus detected in UK – BBC News

The health secretary has announced two cases have been detected of another new strain of the coronavirus in the UK. Both were contacts of cases who have travelled from South Africa over the past few weeks, he said. He said: “This new variant is highly concerning because it is yet more transmissible and it appears …

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UK facing even tougher restrictions to curb new coronavirus variant – BBC News

The UK government is considering even tougher restrictions to contain the new mutated variant of coronavirus. Its scientific advisers have warned that tougher rules will probably be needed. In England at present more than 17 million people are under Tier 4 rules – the highest level – with people being told to stay at home …

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Lorry gridlock in Kent to continue for days – after France and UK agree tests for drivers – BBC News

An agreement has been reached between the UK and France to restart the flow of freight between the two countries. The armed forces will be part of an operation to give rapid Covid tests to lorry drivers with a result in around 20 minutes. It will take several days for the system to clear the …

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