SunstarTV Bureau: Britain began its third Covid lockdown on Tuesday with citizens under orders to stay at home till mid-February.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the lockdown on Monday saying the highly contagious new strain of Coronavirus first identified in Britain which was spreading so fast it risked overwhelming the National Health Service (NHS) within 21 days.
In England alone, some 27,000 people are in hospital with Covid, 40% more than during the first peak in April, with infection numbers still expected to rise further after increased socialising during the Christmas period.
“A new package of business grants worth 4.6 billion pounds to help keep people in jobs and firms afloat until measures are relaxed gradually, at the earliest from mid-February but likely later,” informed Finance Minister Rishi Saunak.
Notably, Britain has the second highest death toll in Europe.