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.