Videos posted on social media showed large crowds at rail stations queuing to escape the area designated as Tier 4 under the UK’s Covid-19 rules. Johnson said earlier on Saturday that those living in the Tier 4 zone – which includes London, the Southeast, and Peterborough in the east – should not mix with anyone outside their own household, effectively cancelling Christmas. Non-essential businesses will be closed from Sunday.

The crackdown came in response to a new strain of coronavirus that allegedly spreads 70 percent faster, although there’s currently no indication it’s more lethal or more vaccine-resistant than the earlier variant of the virus.



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