The British mocked the prospect of a third national lockdown tonight after Boris Johnson revealed a dramatic series of new restrictions on England to help control the new mutated coronavirus.
Social media users tried to find humor in the upcoming measures that will close schools from tomorrow and stop shuffling households as vaccines roll out across the country.
In his televised address to the nation, the prime minister said he had no choice after being faced with terrible numbers by science leaders today and urged the public to adopt the new rules now.
A tired user wrote on Twitter to share his thoughts on the impending lockdown: I'm preparing for another lockdown in the UK. Maybe a third time, lucky … people might listen, the virus might go away.
& # 39; Who else knows. I am just tired of everything. I miss hugs. & # 39;
The Brit mocked the prospect of a third national lockdown that would close schools and keep households banned from shuffling for months after midnight
While another commented, "Yes, but … no … but #lockdown number three."
Another person joked: & # 39; Boris: & # 39; & # 39; I have good news and bad news. The bad news is schools are closed, new national lockdowns are in place, and all stores must close, I know … except. The good news is that there will be a new £ 1 for the Queens 95th birthday. & # 39;
Meanwhile, another said, "I was supposed to take my braces off a year ago but it was canceled due to lockout and I should take my braces off in a week and we just went into another lockout, pain."
Elsewhere it was added, "I prefer my endless lockdown, to be honest."
While another person wrote, "You wasted the initial lockdown and did not put in an effective system of testing, tracing and isolating. So you are not surprised that you wasted months not planning a rapid introduction of vaccines."
Just a day after urging parents to send their children back, the prime minister declared that elementary and secondary schools will be closed from tomorrow until at least half of February and only the vulnerable and offspring of key workers will be allowed to enter.
The public is only allowed to leave the house for one of five reasons: go to work if necessary, shop for necessities, play sports – be with someone from another household, take care of someone, or seek medical help.
It comes after Health Department figures today showed there were another 58,784 new cases of coronavirus – a 42 percent increase last Monday.
There were also 407 more deaths, up 14 percent from last week.
Some went to Twitter to poke fun at the upcoming measures, while others claimed they had a sense of deja vu
Nicola Sturgeon announced drastic action in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon. A home stay has been made mandatory from midnight, and schools north of the border are due to be closed until February.
Previously, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also joined Labor and Tory MPs' calls for immediate national pressure with closed schools and borders and a ban on any mix of households.
Mr Hunt warned that the mutated Covid had put pressure on the NHS compared to normal winters and that the government could not afford to wait another day.
The former health minister wrote on Twitter: “For those who argue, winter in the NHS is always like this: You're wrong. I faced four major winter crises as Health Sec, and the situation is now worse than any. & # 39;
The upcoming measures will result in schools being closed and households banned from shuffling after midnight
Mr Hunt said the "main lesson" from the pandemic was that if countries "act early and decisively", countries can "save lives and get their economies back to normal faster".
"We can't afford to wait: all schools should be closed, international travel stopped, the mix of households limited and the animal system checked so that the highest level really lowers the infection rate," said Hunt.
"The good news is that unlike before, these restrictions will be limited to around 12 weeks to get the vaccine to those most susceptible to Covid. So there is light at the end of the tunnel."
Speaking on Downing Street, Mr Johnson said, “Our hospitals have been under more pressure than ever since the pandemic began. It is clear that we need to do more while our vaccines are being rolled out. & # 39;
He said it was not "possible or fair" for exams to go ahead as usual this summer.
"The coming weeks are going to be the toughest, but I really think we're reaching the end of the fight," he said, promising that the top four categories on the vaccine distribution list had their first pushes by mid-February.
However, he admitted that he can only assure that the situation will improve, provided that "our understanding of the virus does not change again".