UK enters second national lockdown with new COVID strain

Several nations have banned flights from the United Kingdom following the outbreak of a new strain of the coronavirus.

The Netherlands issued a ban yesterday, Sunday (December 20) after the discovery of the new strain.

According to UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the new variant of the virus is 70 per cent more transmissible than existing strains and appears to be rapidly spreading across London and southern England.

As a result, Johnson announced a second national lockdown which requires people to stay at home unless they have a specific reason to leave, such as work which cannot be done from home and education.

People are also allowed to leave home for exercise medical reasons, food and other essential shopping and providing care for vulnerable people or for volunteering.