LONDON – The UK imposed a new lockdown in London and the UK surrounding areas to combat a new strain of Covid-19 that appears to be significantly more contagious than previous variants of the pathogen

Scientists say the new variant could be up to 70% more transmissible than more established strains, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a news conference on Saturday.Although it spreads more easily from person to person, there is no evidence that it is deadly or dead is more resistant to vaccines, he said

The new lock means that many families are not allowed to gather for Christmas. Mr. Johnson, who discovered just days ago that it would be “inhuman” to contain the Christmas party, said, “It is with a very heavy heart that I have to tell you that we can’t continue Christmas as planned ”

The new restrictions apply to the capital as well as much of the south-east and east of England. In London, the new strain of the virus accounted for 62% of the new cases identified in the week leading up to Wednesday

Similar steps have been taken across Europe to fight back the rising number of cases, in Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday announced a full lockdown across the country for the first time since May, due to go into effect over Christmas from December 24 to Jan 6

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