In full: Boris Johnson announces 3rd UK national Covid-19 lockdown

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In full: Boris Johnson announces 3rd UK national Covid-19 lockdown

BORIS Johnson has tonight ordered everyone in England to stay at home until mid-February as he launched an emergency shutdown to try and save Britain’s NHS.

In a dramatic escalation in Britain’s fight against Covid, the PM ordered the closure of all schools and non-essential shops for at least the next six weeks.

The PM announced the third nationwide lockdown came into effect immediately, and once again put Brits under effective house arrest – resurrecting the ‘Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives slogan’.

Mr Johnson said people will only be allowed out of their homes to buy essential food and medicine supplies, attend medical appointments, exercise, work if it is critical and cannot be done from home and to provide care for a vulnerable person.

People can only meet up for outside exercise with one other person from another household.

All outdoor team sports are banned except for elite sportsmen and vulnerable children and kids of key workers who will continue going to school.

Playgrounds will remain open but outdoor gyms, tennis courts and golf courses will be closed.

Nurseries, childcare centres and special schools will remain open. But students will not be able to return to university and will be told to study remotely from their current residency until at least the middle of next month.

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