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British army to help with coronavirus testing in schools as Johnson faces pressure on reopening

British army to help with coronavirus testing in schools as Johnson faces pressure on reopening
The Ministry of Defence said 1,500 personnel will help ensure testing systems are up and running when schools reopen next week

surged to a daily record of more than 41,000 on Monday and hospitalizations exceeded the peak recorded in the first wave in the spring, as a more virulent strain of the virus takes hold.But the government's pandemic strategy has been uprooted in recent weeks by the emergence of a new strain of the virus, which has spread rapidly in London and surrounding areas and led many countries to block arrivals from the U.The group said a lockdown on the same terms as November may not be enough to control the new strain of the virus, according to the report.National restrictions are needed to prevent a "catastrophe" at the start of year, a member of the government's advisory group on new respiratory virus threats — which itself advises SAGE — told the BBC on Tuesday.

"We are entering a very dangerous new phase of the pandemic and we're going to need decisive, early, national action to prevent a catastrophe in January and February," said Andrew Hayward, professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at University College London.Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here.

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