Johnson warned 'lift lockdown soon or face leadership challenge'

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown last night pubs in England will no longer be able to offer a ‘click and collect’ service for takeaway drinks.

COVID-19: No takeaway pints from pubs in England: In his address to the nation yesterday evening Johnson said England has to go into a national lockdown in an effort to suppress the virus which includes school closures. However, for the nation’s drinkers, there is still light at the end of the tunnel as pubs are still allowed to deliver alcohol with takeaway food.

Before the Prime Minister’s announcement chief medical officers had agreed to raise the alert level for coronavirus to five, saying that without doing this hospitals could be overwhelmed with patients within 21 days in several areas. The new national lockdown rules will be in place until the 15th February. In his televised address to the nation Johnson said that the new strain was spreading in an “alarming and frustrating” manner adding a warning that hospital admissions were up by 40% on the first peak.

He said “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic.” He added “The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet but I really do believe that we’re entering the last phase of the struggle because with every jab that goes into our arms we’re tilting the odds against Covid and in favour of the British people.”


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