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Bye-bye COVID-19, say hi to COVID the Next

According to the Matt Hancock, it is going to be ‘very difficult’ to control the spread of the new COVID that has emerged in the United Kingdom. “We still have a long way to go to solve this,” he says about the mutated version of the virus, which is probably a lot more contagious than previous variants.

Residents of London and other areas where more stringent lockdown rules have been promulgated on Saturday due to the new virus variant, must behave as if they were infected, says Hancock. That means staying home unless there is absolutely no other way. The minister accuses people who have travelled quickly to other areas, where there are less strict Coronation rules, of being “totally irresponsible” before the new measures are introduced.

According to the British minister, vaccination of the population is all the more important now that the new variant is spreading. The United Kingdom expects around half a million people to be vaccinated by the end of this weekend. The vaccination campaign has been going well so far, says Hancock. He defended the hefty tightening of the coronation rules just before Christmas.

“It was our duty to intervene when we got information about the new variant.”

People living in London and part of the East and south-east of England are not allowed to visit each other at all. No exceptions will be made for Christmas. Non-essential shops are closed and people should stay at home as much as possible. For work, study, outdoor sports or, for example, funerals with up to 30 people present, residents are allowed to leave the House.

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He is also the Business News Editor of the weekly newspaper The Conway Bulletin.

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