Covid: Millions told to stay at home on New Year's Eve 🔴 @BBC News live - BBC

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People should avoid New Year's Eve celebrations because "Covid loves a crowd", officials warned as millions entered the toughest restrictions tier.

It is vital parties do not take place and that people stick to the rules, NHS England's Prof Stephen Powis said.

Some 20 million more people in England have been told to "stay at home" after tier four was expanded at midnight.

They join 24 million who were already living in England's top tier, which prohibits indoor household mixing.

Meanwhile, many parents in England are attempting to determine whether their children will return to school when the new term, due to begin for most pupils on Monday, gets under way.

Local authorities said they were still working through the details after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced in the Commons on Wednesday that around a million primary pupils in at-risk areas will not return to school next week.

The staggered reopening of secondary schools has also been delayed until 11 January for exam-year pupils and 18 January for other year groups.

Mr Williamson described the changes as an "immediate adjustment" to previous plans - vulnerable and key worker children are not affected.

It came as the UK recorded a further 50,023 new Covid cases on Wednesday, as well as 981 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test - more than double Tuesday's total.

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It’s a bloody joke
Boris says “school is the safest place to be” excuse me while I smash my head against the wall

Author — Galaxy _mooncat77


'If everyone just stays indoors for a couple of weeks we will flatten the curve...'
Me-Stays in all year
10 mths later..-'Numbers are sky rocketing'

Author — Chris C


The abusers always blame their victims

Author — john alexander


I am happy that I don't have a news reporter in the family.!

Author — A-IN A-IN


I always am in bed early till some tit starts the fireworks then I curse and go back to sleep

Author — Dawn Piper


Welcome to Tier 33 you can’t meet with yourself!

Author — Tim Pass


“Within 28 days of a positive test” 🤦🏻

Author — WWE 23


Basically a new national lockdown, just this time it's by the backdoor, with no scrutiny and with no legally binding end point like last time. Nothing to worry about there at all, and the others worked so well, so why not eh?

Author — Horus Lupercal


But go to work with strangers and the open the schools

Author — Ryan Murphy


Sally Struthers: “For just 20 cents a day you can sponsor a starving American”

Author — JonThis IsMoody


Party in full swimg at mine as we up your hoop Boris

Author — Martin Edden


Lockdowns don't work, Masks clearly haven't worked and non social distancing doesn't work. There is no evidence for any of this nonsense expect its coercion and mental abuse. All of this for only 388 deaths under the age of 60 with no underlying conditions GIVE ME A BREAK AND WILL PEOPLE WAKE UP. Its new years eve do what you want, go to other peoplrs houses, have a drink and let off fireworks.

Author — Dont Mention The War


'Pretty grim and depressing' .... understatement of the year !!!

Author — Rob Cranney


Happy new year eve to everybody out there :)

Author — Søfïa


'I CAN'T KEEP DOING THIS' ( look it up) Doctor pleads for a review for medicines that work for Covid patients but government won't

Author — Olivia Rawlings


Why has Nigel Farage not got a Knighthood for his work on Brexit that got us OUT of the EU?

Author — vjab1108


I'm going to party like it's 1984 tonight... who's with me?

Author — Kitty Snowshoe


And no doubt all of the MPs are at the houses of parliament having a big New Year party all paid for by the public yet again oh including taxis.

Author — keiron astbury


It's June 2021. You're in tier 17 now, not even allowed to look outside anymore. Boris has boarded up your windows and watches your front door with a sniper rifle. Schools remain open.

Author — Zenex



Author — BOSSanac!