Johnson said he had been briefed on the latest data and that specialists needed to act. He added there is no evidence that the diseases will be more severe, but contamination is much much easier.

“I have to tell you system my heart that we cannot carry on the Christmas plans as they have been. I honestly think there is no different alternative, “said Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister announced that London as well as other regions in the south-east of The uk – about a third of the populace of England, which until now have been in the third risk area – will be included in a new area, 4. Residents in that area they must not leave their homes, except for essential travel. Nonrapidessential shops will be closed and outdoor activities and entertainment will be prohibited. Meetings with other people in the open air will be limited, so that each person can meet with only one person, writes Reuters.

People in zone five will be forbidden to meet with other people during Christmas. All other Englishmen will be able to see their friends and relatives for one day. The initial plans were for a five-day relaxation of the restrictions.

The new rules come into force at midnight.

On Friday, Johnson said he hoped England would not really need a third lockdown immediately after Christmas.