World breaking news today (November 1): Boris Johnson puts U.K. on coronavirus lockdown
World breaking news today (November 1): Boris Johnson puts U.K. on coronavirus lockdown. Meanwhile, Super typhoon Goni hits the Philippines, Blast rocks coronavirus hospital in Chelyabinsk and gold prices also make headlines today.
Britain is going on a roughly month-long lockdown as coronavirus cases to surge (Photo: BBC)
Boris Johnson puts U.K. on coronavirus lockdown
Britain is going on a roughly month-long lockdown as coronavirus cases to surge, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday, just 3 months after telling The Telegraph that he didn't want to mandate a national lockdown and likened the measure to a "nuclear deterrent."
From November 5 to December 2, people will only be permitted to leave their homes for a short list of reasons, such as childcare, work, exercise, medical issues, or shopping for basic needs. Bars and restaurants will only be allowed to provide take-out options and non-essential stores will have to close. Johnson said the country is extending its furlough system through December to help businesses, according to CBS News.
More than 1 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in the U.K., and more than 46,600 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins. There were 24,000 new cases on Friday, and Patrick Vallance, chief scientific adviser, said "theres a potential for this to be twice as bad or more compared to the first wave."
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