The bulk of lockdown measures may be in place in England until March, a Government minister has warned.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said the country was in for a “very difficult” few weeks and could give no firm date for lifting the restrictions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the third national lockdown last night, following the discovery of a new Covid-19 strain and a sharp rise in cases.
People cannot leave their homes except for essential reasons, and schools and colleges will close from today.
Gove told Sky News this morning: “The Government is doing everything it can in order to ensure that we can roll out the vaccine more rapidly, help the vulnerable by getting the inoculations they need and make sure that at the end of what will inevitably be very, very difficult weeks, that life can eventually return to normal.”
On Monday, January 4, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases for the seventh day in a row, along with 407 deaths.