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Second Four-Week Lockdown Announced for England

England will enter a new four-week national lockdown to tackle rising infection rates across England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday.

The new lockdown, which Mr Johnson wanted to avoid, will run from November 5 to December 2, and all but essential shops will be closed.

The UAE reported 1,121 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, after 143,991 additional tests. A further 1,295 patients recovered, while five died.

Globally, Covid-19 cases have passed 45 million, while recoveries exceeded 29.5 million. The world death toll has passed 1.18 million.

Here are the key announcements from his press conference:

  • England to enter new four-week lockdown from November 5 to December 2
  • All retail, leisure and hospitality venues closed bar essential shops
  • Schools, universities and courts to remain open
  • All workers who can work from home ordered to do so
  • Furlough scheme to be extended for the duration of the lockdown
  • Outbound international travel banned; travel within the UK is discouraged
  • Households won’t be allowed to mix indoors or in private gardens

The UK recorded 21,915 new cases on Saturday, taking the country to more than 1 million cases.

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