Jan. 4 (UPI) — Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced Monday a lockdown just like what was carried out in March.

The brand new lockdown requires individuals to remain residence apart from restricted causes, akin to searching for necessities, train, working if unable to take action at residence, looking for medical help or escaping home abuse.

In a televised handle, Johnson mentioned main colleges, secondary colleges and faculties throughout England should transfer to distant settings with exceptions for susceptible youngsters of vital staff till February half time period.

Although youngsters aren’t as prone to undergo signs from the virus as adults, “colleges could nonetheless act as vectors for transmissions, inflicting the virus to unfold between households,” Johnson mentioned.

He added full particulars on what are thought-about important actions are listed on the federal government’s web site.

Johnson mentioned the lockdown was wanted regardless that efforts had been working to regulate the COVID-19 variant that prompted the final lockdown as a result of “we now have a brand new variant of the virus, and it has been each irritating and alarming to see the velocity wherein the brand new variant is spreading.”

The brand new COVID-19 variant, in accordance with scientists, is as much as 70% extra transmissible than the previous variant.

“It is clear that we have to do higher to convey this new variant below management in England,” Johnson mentioned. “We should due to this fact go right into a nationwide lockdown which is hard sufficient to include this variant.”

Johnson cited some statistics a few latest surge in COVID-19 earlier than asserting the lockdown.

“In England alone, COVID sufferers in hospitals has elevated by practically a 3rd within the final week to virtually 27,000, that quantity is 40% larger than the primary peak in April,” Johnson mentioned.

On Dec. 29, the UK reported greater than 80,000 new circumstances of COVID-19 throughout, a brand new report.

“The variety of deaths is up by 20% over the past week and can sadly rise additional and my ideas are with all those that misplaced family members,” Johnson mentioned.

The announcement of the lockdown got here on the identical day that AstraZeneca and the College of Oxford had been administering the primary doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Johnson additionally touched on vaccinations, saying that the Nationwide Well being Service has set a mid-February aim for vaccinating all susceptible residents, together with these residing in care houses, over age 70, and all frontline well being staff.

“The weeks forward would be the hardest but, however I actually do consider that we’re getting into the final section of the wrestle as a result of with each jab that goes into our arms we’re tilting the arms towards COVID, and in favor of the British individuals and because of the miracle of science not solely is the tip in sight however we all know precisely how we’ll get there,” Johnson mentioned.

On Sunday, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon additionally launched a nationwide lockdown, requiring individuals to remain residence and earn a living from home if attainable, and for colleges to largely have distant studying.