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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson flags tougher COVID-19 restrictions likely on the way - ABC News

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has flagged that more coronavirus restrictions are probably on the way for England, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

The country's cases are at record levels and increasing, fuelled by a new and more transmissible variant of the virus.

The Government has already cancelled the planned reopening of schools in and around London, with calls from teaching unions for wider closures.

Much of England is already under the toughest level of restriction set out in a four-tier system of regional regulations designed to stop the spread of the virus and protect the national healthcare system.

But Mr Johnson, asked in a BBC interview about concerns that the system may not be enough to bring the virus back under control, said that restrictions "alas, might be about to get tougher".

"There are obviously a range of tougher measures that we would have to consider … I'm not going to speculate now about what they would be," he said.

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Mr Johnson sets policy for England, with rules in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales set by their devolved authorities.

Britain registered a record 57,725 new cases of the virus on Saturday.

With more than 74,000 deaths so far during the pandemic, the Government's response has been heavily criticised.

However the rollout of vaccines is set to accelerate on Monday, with the first 530,000 doses of the newly approved Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines ready to be administered, Mr Johnson said.

He added he hoped "tens of millions" would be treated over the next three months.

Addressing concerns over education, with millions of students set to return from their Christmas holidays on Monday, Mr Johnson said schools were safe.

He advised parents to send their children there in areas where it was allowed.

"There is no doubt in my mind that schools are safe, and that education is a priority," he said.

The schools issue has split opinion, with unions and some local authorities warning against reopening and threatening to act against government advice.

Others have said closures have a big negative impact on students.

"We must renew and maintain the consensus that children's time out of school should be kept to the absolute minimum," Amanda Spielman, chief schools inspector, wrote in the Sunday Telegraph.

Reuters

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