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Tougher UK coronavirus curbs may last some time, health minister suggests By Reuters

Tougher UK coronavirus curbs may last some time, health minister suggests By Reuters
Tougher UK coronavirus curbs may last some time, health minister suggests

ALARM BELLS Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition Labour Party, told a news conference that while he supported the new measures, "yet again the prime minister waited until the 11th hour to take this decision.Non-essential retail stores, as well as places like gyms and hair salons, were ordered closed in the Tier 4 areas and some businesses called the new measures a "real kick in the teeth".Hancock said the government recognised that the economic impact of the new measures would be "severe" but that it had to weigh that against the health consequences.On Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson abruptly tore up plans to allow three households to mix indoors for five days over the festive period, and imposed new Tier 4 level curbs - similar to a national lockdown in March - on London and southeast England.

"The alarm bells have been ringing for weeks but the prime minister chose to ignore them .Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London p By Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) -London and southeast England may stay under tighter coronavirus curbs for some time, Britain's health minister suggested on Sunday, adding that a fast-spreading new strain forced the government to drop plans to ease restrictions for Christmas.

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