British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown
for England as the country battles a more contagious strain of Covid-19.
The UK tonight acknowledged it’s losing its battle againts the new strain of
the virus,up to 70% more contagious and needs to lockdown immediately.
England is closing schools and universities, and banning all but essential
movements.You may only leave home for limited reasons permited in law
such as to smop for essentials, to work if you absolutely cannot work from
home, to exercise, to seek medical assistance. Prime minister said the
lockdown will last until mid february. By then he said the UK will have
vaccinated all people over 70, all those in care homes and all front line
medical workers. As of today the UK began to distribute the home grown
Astrazeneca vaccine ,which unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines,doesn’t
require ultra cold temperatures making it easier to store and distribute.
Why do you think this will change things? This will change things
because it is the light at the end of the tunnel. For the rest of Europe the
vaccine rollout is extremely slow. France on;y recorded 516 vaccinations
in the first week. French officials vowing to speed up what some in France
are calling a Fiasco. Prime Minister Joehson said the lockdown could extend
beyond February if the virus isn’t under control. Police and health experts are
also worried about an an African Strain that’s even more mutated than the
UK varient. And the more the virus mutates the more it’s potentialy resistant
to the current vaccines.
1. Explain the reason behind the new lockdown in England.
2. How dangerous is the new strain of coronavirus?
3. What do you know so far about the new coronavirus?