Vaccine rollout in March as UK super strain explodes

Britain toughened its coronavirus restrictions yesterday, with England and Scotland joining the rest of the country in Stage 4 lockdown.

Under these restrictions, schools have been shut and residents are banned from leaving home except for essential shopping, medical reasons or exercise.

The lockdown comes as the UK grapples with a new highly infectious super COVID-19 strain that Switzerland’s infection control chief, Virginie Masserey, warned could “spread exponentially… [and] behave like a new pandemic within the pandemic”.

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