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Boris Johnson Braces for England Lockdown as Coronavirus Cases Surge

  • New modeling shows U.K. on course for prolonged second peak
  • Government reports more than 300 Covid deaths for a second day
New modeling by the U.K. government’s emergency scientific committee suggests the whole of England is likely to require the tightest restrictions by mid-December.

New modeling by the U.K. government’s emergency scientific committee suggests the whole of England is likely to require the tightest restrictions by mid-December.

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Boris Johnson faces being forced into imposing a national lockdown as internal government projections put the U.K. on course for a prolonged winter peak in the pandemic -- with more deaths than last spring.

The British prime minister has so far resisted a second country-wide lockdown, despite calls from the opposition Labour Party -- and his own scientific advisers last month -- to order a temporary “circuit breaker” to get the virus under control.