UK lockdown “to continue until March” with more than a million Covid cases in England – BBC News


The UK is expected to remain in lockdown until March, with people being urged to stay at home, as the scale of the public health emergency becomes even more daunting.

More than 60,000 new Covid cases have been reported in the past 24 hour period, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. More than a million people in England are currently infected.

There is some progress, with more than 1.3m people having been given a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, including a quarter of people over 80. However some experts have warned that the government’s target of delivering 13 million vaccines by mid-February is unrealistic.

Record numbers of people have been admitted to hospital since Christmas putting huge strain on the NHS.

And government advisers have warned that some restrictions may still be needed next winter to keep the virus under control.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by deputy political editor Vicki Young, health editor Hugh Pym and health correspondent Dominic Hughes.

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