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Boris Johnson warns tougher coronavirus measures may be needed – POLITICO

Tougher restrictions on public life could be introduced in parts of the U.K. to counter the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday.

“It may be that we need to do things in the next few weeks that will be tougher in many parts of the country, I’m fully, fully reconciled to that,” Johnson said in an interview with the BBC.

Johnson declined to give further details of any plan, but England already operates a four-stage program of restrictions depending on local infection rates. At present, London and much of the rest of the country is in the highest tier, meaning residents are urged to stay at home and non-essential businesses remain closed.

On January 2, some 57,725 people tested positive for the virus, taking overall infections to 2,599,789 as a national vaccination program continues. “We do hope that we’ll be able to do tens of millions in the course of the next three months,” said Johnson of the vaccination plan.

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