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Boris Johnson has banned millions of Englishmen from gathering for Christmas

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the introduction of new restrictions in London and several regions of south-east England in connection with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the emergence of a new strain of this infection. This is reported by Reuters.

“I know how much emotion people put into this time of year.< ... > I know how much frustration there will be. There is no alternative for me,” Johnson said at a news conference.

The head of government said that a new, 4th level of restrictions will be introduced in the capital region and in most areas of the south-east of England. At the moment, in the regions where the most difficult situation with coronavirus is observed, the third level of restrictions is in effect.

Johnson noted that the measures at the fourth level will, in fact, be similar to the national lockdown, which was in effect in the kingdom in November. He clarified that the basis of this level is a ban on meetings with other families at Christmas. As noted by Reuters, in London and in the south-eastern part of England, about a third of the country's population lives.

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