Photos: England enters new lockdown amid Covid-19 variant surge

UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:26 AM IST
A cyclist rides across an empty Oxford Street in London as Britain heads into a national lockdown on January 5. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on January 4 ordered England into a new national lockdown to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases that was threatening the British healthcare system before a vaccine programme reached a critical mass. (Justin Tallis / AFP)
Brian Pinker, 82, receives the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford on January 4. The lockdown was announced just hours after the government hailed Britain’s success in becoming the first country to begin rolling out the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. (Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP)
Teacher Wendy Couldridge watches Boris Johnson’s address on the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown, in Hertford on January 4. Johnson said a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom and now present in many other countries was spreading at great speed and immediate action was needed to slow it down. (Andrew Couldridge / REUTERS)
A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks past a shuttered H&M store in Liverpool on January 5. Under new guidelines, expected in place till mid-February, non-essential shops and hospitality will remain closed, while primary and secondary schools would close from January 5 for all pupils except vulnerable children and those whose parents are key workers, Reuters reported. (Paul Ellis / AFP)
A near empty view of a Quayside in Newcastle upon Tyne on January 5. Johnson said the disruption meant it would not be possible for all exams to go ahead this summer -- the second academic year in a row in which the pandemic has played havoc with pupils’ education and future plans. (Owen Humphreys / AP)
Commuters ride on a London Underground train on the Bakerloo Line on January 5. Britain’s economy suffered a historic crash of nearly 20% in the April-June period of 2020 as swathes of business were shuttered by the first lockdown. (Hollie Adams / Bloomberg)
Pigeons gather outside the shuttered entrance to a John Lewis department store in London on January 5. More than 75,000 people in the United Kingdom have died from Covid-19 within 28 days of a positive test since the start of the pandemic. A record 58,784 new cases of the coronavirus were reported on January 4, Reuters reported. (Justin Tallis / AFP)
An NHS digital display shows a Covid-19 warning outside Royal Liverpool University hospital in Liverpool on January 5. Moving a few hours ahead of Johnson, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also imposed the most stringent lockdown for Scotland since last spring. (Paul Ellis / AFP)

A cyclist rides across an empty Oxford Street in London as Britain heads into a national lockdown on January 5. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on January 4 ordered England into a new national lockdown to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases that was threatening the British healthcare system before a vaccine programme reached a critical mass. (Justin Tallis / AFP)

Brian Pinker, 82, receives the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford on January 4. The lockdown was announced just hours after the government hailed Britain’s success in becoming the first country to begin rolling out the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. (Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP)

Teacher Wendy Couldridge watches Boris Johnson’s address on the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown, in Hertford on January 4. Johnson said a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom and now present in many other countries was spreading at great speed and immediate action was needed to slow it down. (Andrew Couldridge / REUTERS)

A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks past a shuttered H&M store in Liverpool on January 5. Under new guidelines, expected in place till mid-February, non-essential shops and hospitality will remain closed, while primary and secondary schools would close from January 5 for all pupils except vulnerable children and those whose parents are key workers, Reuters reported. (Paul Ellis / AFP)

A near empty view of a Quayside in Newcastle upon Tyne on January 5. Johnson said the disruption meant it would not be possible for all exams to go ahead this summer -- the second academic year in a row in which the pandemic has played havoc with pupils’ education and future plans. (Owen Humphreys / AP)

Commuters ride on a London Underground train on the Bakerloo Line on January 5. Britain’s economy suffered a historic crash of nearly 20% in the April-June period of 2020 as swathes of business were shuttered by the first lockdown. (Hollie Adams / Bloomberg)

Pigeons gather outside the shuttered entrance to a John Lewis department store in London on January 5. More than 75,000 people in the United Kingdom have died from Covid-19 within 28 days of a positive test since the start of the pandemic. A record 58,784 new cases of the coronavirus were reported on January 4, Reuters reported. (Justin Tallis / AFP)

An NHS digital display shows a Covid-19 warning outside Royal Liverpool University hospital in Liverpool on January 5. Moving a few hours ahead of Johnson, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also imposed the most stringent lockdown for Scotland since last spring. (Paul Ellis / AFP)

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England entered into a new national lockdown to contain a surge in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases on January 4. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a more contagious variant of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom and now present in many other countries was spreading at great speed and immediate action was needed to slow it down. The lockdown came into effect came just hours after the government hailed Britain's success in becoming the first country to begin rolling out the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.

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