The Prime Minister has tonight once more plunged England into a national lockdown, citing the alarming speed at which the new variant of Covid is spreading through the population, including a 20% rise in deaths over the past week alone.

“We need to do more together to bring this vaccine under control as our vaccines are rolled out,” he said.

The new lockdown is in almost every way identical to the previous one in the Spring of last year, but with one exception – landlords will be overjoyed to hear.

Home moves are to be allowed during the lockdown, the current government guidance says.

This includes: “You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving home unless absolutely necessary. “Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work.

“If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings. Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.”

Johnson, who hinted that the lockdown it likely to last at least six weeks and no earlier than the February half term, said: “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 ever jab that goes into our arms we are tilting odds against Covid and in favour of the British people.”

Johnson also hinted that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are likely to follow suit and implement total lockdowns now.

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