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Coronavirus: Isle Of Wight Braced For Third National Lockdown

The Isle of Wight is to follow the rest of the country into a third national lockdown, it's been confirmed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been addressing the nation this evening (Monday).

Mr Johnson says a "surge" in coronavirus cases has left the Government with no choice but to enforce tougher restrictions. It’s thought the restrictions could last until March. 

He says the new variant is 50 to 70 per cent more variable, according to scientists.

The number of deaths and hospital admissions have also risen says the PM.

Under the new rules, Islanders will be required to stay at home, to stop the spread of a new variant of coronavirus.

Schools, including primary and secondary, will shut for most children from tomorrow until February at the earliest.

However, nurseries can remain open while childcare and support bubbles will stay in place.

Those who are judged to be clinically vulnerable are being urged to stay at home as much as possible and not go to work even if they cannot work from home.

Mr Johnson's latest announcement comes after a day of pressure from teaching unions who have called for schools to shut. 

A number of Isle of Wight primaries have only partially reopened today due to staff shortages.

The Government confirmed earlier today that Parliament will be recalled on Wednesday (6).

From midnight tonight, Scotland will also enter lockdown, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed earlier.

The Isle of Wight has already been facing tougher restrictions after being placed into tier 4 of the Government's structure on Boxing Day.

A further 282 cases of coronavirus were recorded on the Island today (Monday).

The Isle of Wight's seven day rolling case rate has risen to 592.5 per 100,000 population.


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