England heads for another lockdown amidst Covid-19 new variant prominence

England will enter a national lockdown until at least mid-February to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today, as the so-called U.K. variant continues to spread throughout the country.

Based on this Forbes report, Coronavirus is again surging in the U.K. because of a new, more transmissible mutation of Covid-19 called B.1.1.7. The lockdown will close most non-essential businesses, and restaurants will be required to limit service to takeout orders—but outdoor playgrounds and houses of worship will stay open as long as social distancing is maintained. 

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