Calls for national lockdown in England to curb spread of new Covid strainDecember 21, 2020
Scientists say inaction could cost tens of thousands of lives as variant spreads across UK
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Boris Johnson is facing intense pressure to impose another national lockdown within days, as more than 40 countries banned arrivals from the UK in an effort to keep out a new fast-spreading variant of coronavirus.
Government scientific advisers warned that inaction could cost tens of thousands of lives and risk an “economic, human and social disaster”, with the new strain spreading across the UK and overseas.