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No Masks or Social Distancing, Londoners Enjoy Last Night Out Before Lockdown Returns

Buzz | News18.com | December 16, 2020, 5:33 pm
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 Britain’s capital will be placed under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday amid a “very sharp” spike in COVID-19 cases in London and its surrounding areas and a new variant of coronavirus being identified as responsible for the “faster spread”, the UK government announced in Parliament on Monday. Photo: Reuters
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Britain’s capital will be placed under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday amid a “very sharp” spike in COVID-19 cases in London and its surrounding areas and a new variant of coronavirus being identified as responsible for the “faster spread”, the UK government announced in Parliament on Monday. Photo: Reuters

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 But before that happens, Londoners decided to enjoy one last night of fun and frolic. Photo: Reuters
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But before that happens, Londoners decided to enjoy one last night of fun and frolic. Photo: Reuters

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 Londoners enjoy a last night out as the British capital moves into the toughest level of coronavirus restrictions with infection rates rising exponentially.<br />
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Londoners enjoy a last night out as the British capital moves into the toughest level of coronavirus restrictions with infection rates rising exponentially.

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 People party on a street as pubs shut for the night due to tier 3 restrictions in Soho. Photo: Reuters
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People party on a street as pubs shut for the night due to tier 3 restrictions in Soho. Photo: Reuters

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 Tier-3 restrictions, the highest level in England’s three-tier system, mean a near-complete lockdown, with people allowed to meet those they do not live with only in outdoor settings and hospitality venues directed to shut except for takeaways and deliveries. Photo: Reuters<br />
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Tier-3 restrictions, the highest level in England’s three-tier system, mean a near-complete lockdown, with people allowed to meet those they do not live with only in outdoor settings and hospitality venues directed to shut except for takeaways and deliveries. Photo: Reuters

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 People sit on the side of a road in Soho in London, Britain, December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls<br />
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People sit on the side of a road in Soho in London, Britain, December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

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 People are not supposed to socialise with anyone not from their household, but they can meet in groups of up to six in public places outside. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said London had seen a " title=" People are not supposed to socialise with anyone not from their household, but they can meet in groups of up to six in public places outside. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said London had seen a "sharp rise" in daily cases and hospital admissions, and there was public health concern about the new strain of the coronavirus. Scientists have identified a "new variant" of the virus in the south of England that may be causing infections to spread faster, Hancock added. Photo: Reuters
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People are not supposed to socialise with anyone not from their household, but they can meet in groups of up to six in public places outside. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said London had seen a "sharp rise" in daily cases and hospital admissions, and there was public health concern about the new strain of the coronavirus. Scientists have identified a "new variant" of the virus in the south of England that may be causing infections to spread faster, Hancock added. Photo: Reuters

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 The World Health Organization is aware of a new variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in Britain, but there is no evidence the strain behaves differently to existing types of the virus, it said on Monday. Photo: Reuters<br />
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The World Health Organization is aware of a new variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in Britain, but there is no evidence the strain behaves differently to existing types of the virus, it said on Monday. Photo: Reuters

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 Currently London is in " title=" Currently London is in "Tier 2", which means non-essential shops and services can open, but it currently has one of the highest infection rates in the country. Tier 3 or "very high alert" means that while bars, pubs and cafes can only offer takeaway food and drinks, shops and hairdressers can stay open, as can schools. Photo: Reuters
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Currently London is in "Tier 2", which means non-essential shops and services can open, but it currently has one of the highest infection rates in the country. Tier 3 or "very high alert" means that while bars, pubs and cafes can only offer takeaway food and drinks, shops and hairdressers can stay open, as can schools. Photo: Reuters

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