Britain in Lockdown as Hospitals 'Overwhelmed' Amid New Coronavirus Outbreak - Voice of America

by voanews 01/05/2021

Britain entered another strict national lockdown Tuesday, amid a sudden and sharp resurgence in cases of COVID-19 linked to a new variant of the coronavirus.    Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the measures in a somber televised address Monday evening. “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from COVID than at any time since the start of the pandemic,” Johnson said.    “In England alone, the number of COVID patients in hospitals has increased by nearly a third in the last week to almost 27,000. And that number is 40 per cent higher than the first peak in April.


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As violent Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing a lockdown Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden called on President Donald Trump to address the nation and urge peace. "I call on President Trump to go on national television now, to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege,” Biden said. President-elect Biden addresses the nation: https://t.co/BXM3SZK25R— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) January 6, 2021 “It’s not a protest – it's insurrection,” Biden said.

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International leaders expressed shock and condemned the unprecedented scenes on Capitol Hill as a pro-Trump riot breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.  "Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter.  Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress.

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MILWAUKEE (WLUK) -- A federal bankruptcy trustee declined a request Wednesday to release a list of expenditures by a pair of bankrupt Oshkosh-based music festivals, while the concert operator’s attorney reiterated that the COVID-19 pandemic blindsided the festivals. Hypervibe declared bankruptcy after canceling the Rock USA and Country USA festivals last summer. Nearly 10,000 people made initial claims of more than $4. 4 million.