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England heading for tougher COVID-19 restriction as cases surge By Reuters

England heading for tougher COVID-19 restriction as cases surge By Reuters
England heading for tougher COVID-19 restriction as cases surge

Johnson's government has secured 100 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine which can be stored at fridge temperatures between two to eight degrees, making it easier to distribute than the Pfizer shot.2 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Saturday morning and distributed 13.07 million doses.But as the country grapples with the world's sixth highest death toll and cases repeatedly reaching highs, Britain's four chief medical officers and the medical director of England's health service said the alert level should move to its highest.

"We are not confident that the NHS (National Health Service) can handle a further sustained rise in cases and without further action there is a material risk of the NHS in several areas being overwhelmed over the next 21 days," the chief medical officers of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the medical director of NHS England said in a statement.New measures aimed at reducing pressure on the health service would include school closures for most pupils in England and requiring people to work from home unless they are unable to do their jobs remotely, in what would be similar to the lockdown introduced early on in the pandemic in March.

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