England To Enter Four Week National Lockdown

The BBC reports:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a second national lockdown for England as the UK passed one million Covid-19 cases. Non-essential shops and hospitality will have to close for four weeks on Thursday, he said.

But unlike the restrictions in spring, schools, colleges and universities will be allowed to stay open. It comes as documents suggested the UK was on course for a much higher death toll than during the first wave.

The lockdown is due to last until 2 December, the prime minister said at a Downing Street news conference. Takeaways will be allowed to stay open as pubs, bars and restaurants close and people are being told they can only meet one person from outside their household outdoors.