The UK government has said a new mutation of the coronavirus is “out of control” in parts of england and speeding rapidly. The latest figures show more than 35,000 new infection’s, many in London and the south east.
Several countries have announced that they are banning travel from the UK – with France suspending passenger and some freight transport. The port of Dover has temporarily been closed.
New restrictions have come into force for 18 million people in England and 3 million in Wales.
In England areas within the new Tier 4 rules include London, Kent and most of Essex. People have told to stay home with non-essential shops closed. Christmas mixing of households will not be permitted.
The festive rules have changed in the rest of England too with a gathering only now allowed on Christmas day.
RICH COUNTRIES ARE SCOOPING UP COVID-19 VACCINES
The race to vaccinate the world against a once-in-a-century pandemic has begun in an all-too-familiar: Every country for itself. Rich nation’s have gobbled up nearly all the global supply of the two leading Covid-19 vaccines through the end of 2021, leaving many middle-income countries to turn to unproven drugs developed by China and Russia while poorer states face long wait for their first doses.