New national lockdown across UK with schools and universities closed as Covid surges - BBC News
Boris Johnson has announced that England is again entering a lockdown, to be enforced by law. England joins Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in implementing tougher new restrictions, faced with a surging number of new cases of coronavirus.
In a televised address from Downing Street the prime minister said he believed this was a pivotal moment in the fight against the pandemic and that the weeks ahead would be the hardest yet.
Mr Johnson said that people living in England should stay at home and only leave for exceptional reasons. People who are extremely clinically vulnerable are being asked to shield again.
All schools and universities in England will be closed until at least after the February half term. And most GCSE and A-level exams are not likely to go ahead in England this year.
Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by political editor Laura Kuenssberg and education editor Branwen Jeffreys.
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