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UK votes for tier-based lockdown as minister says virus under control

Dec 02, 2020 09:57 IST

UK Parliamentarians on Tuesday voted to approve the government's tier-based lockdown, as the country's health minister said the novel coronavirus was “back under control” but vigilance was required. Several MPs from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party, however, rebelled to vote against the move. Earlier, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock attempted to rally lockdown sceptics at a Downing Street briefing, when he reiterated the need for a regional system of tiers which come in force after England's current nationwide lockdown ends on Wednesday. Nearly all of England will be in the highest two tiers, with tight restrictions on bars and restaurants and a ban on households mixing indoors. Only Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and Isles of Scilly will be in the lowest tier.

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