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we’re going to go overseas now where the united kingdom is under a strict new lockdown the new variant of the virus raging throughout the uk causing cases to surge james longman is in london with more good morning james good morning michael a new year and a new national lockdown people across britain are being told they must stay home this part of town is usually packed you can see it’s very very empty indeed in a national address last night the prime minister boris johnson said the coming weeks would be the hardest yet there was now more pressure on hospitals from covert than at any time during the pandemic infection rates and hospitalizations are soaring with health experts of course keeping an eye on that mutation which seems to spread much faster than the original virus people will still be able to leave their homes for supplies and to exercise but just like the summer schools and all but the most essential businesses have closed this is that the lawmaker from scotland has now been arrested for breaking lockdown rules back in september an example to the public of just how serious this situation is but there is light at the end of the tunnel i think it’s important to say that new vaccines on the horizon the prime minister was quite specific he said there were four groups of people who wanted to inoculate first they are care home residents and their carers those aged 70 and over all frontline health and social care workers and the clinically vulnerable but that’s some 14 million people so that is a huge task to get them all vaccinated by mid-february and of course it takes some time for those shots to take effect so it looks like this country is going to be in lockdown until at least march michael all right what i took out of there with light at the end of the tunnel james thank you so much hi everyone george stephanopoulos here thanks for checking out the abc news youtube channel if you’d like to get more videos show highlights and watch live event coverage click on the right over here to subscribe to our channel and don’t forget to download the abc news app for breaking news alerts thanks for watching

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