Boris Johnson ‘hoping to avoid’ England lockdown, but warns of sharp rise in cases

Boris Johnson has not ruled out another national lockdown after Christmas in England, as tighter restrictions have been announced for Wales and Northern Ireland after the festive period,

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The prime minister warned the rates of infection had increased ‘very much’ in the last few weeks. He also said the government would start mass testing in schools in the new year, in particular in areas with higher case rates

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