COVID-19 Information and Global Service Updates Statement 7th January 2021

UPDATE AS OF 13.27 (GMT) Thursday 7th January

England had lockdown restrictions reimposed from 5th January. While no specific end date for these were noted, it is hoped that they would be able to begin to be lifted from mid-February, dependant on infection levels and vaccination progress. As per previous lockdowns, all non-essential retail, hospitality, zoos, gyms and outdoor sports venues are closed, schools will revert to online learning for the majority, but children of keyworkers and those deemed vulnerable can still attend. Restaurants can continue to do delivery or provide takeaways, however takeaway or click and collect of alcohol will be banned. Those who fall into the clinical extremely vulnerable category are advised to begin shielding once again.

A nationwide lockdown was introduced in Scotland from 5th January until February when restrictions will be reviewed. People are to stay at home, with exceptions for exercise and essential journeys. People are required to work from home unless it is not possible. Schools will be closed for the majority of pupils until at least 1st February. This includes nursery schools, primary and secondary schools. Vulnerable children and those of key workers will still be able to attend. There will be a review on 18th January as to whether schools can reopen on 1st February

Schools and colleges in Wales to stay shut until at least 18th January and move to online learning. Vulnerable children and the children of key workers will still be allowed to come into the classroom, as well as those doing exams or assessments. Special schools are also expected to remain open.

Schools in Northern Ireland are to be closed until mid-February. The nation is already two weeks into a six-week lockdown and "stay at home" restrictions will be brought back into law. The move includes primary schools, post-primary schools and nurseries. The closures will be in place until after half-term in mid-February. There will be a review at the end of January.

Laws in Jersey closing non-essential shops and restricting gatherings have been extended by two weeks. The orders have been extended until 20th January.

The Isle of Man will go into a Covid-19 lockdown for a second time, the government has announced. From today, gatherings are banned, and schools, non-essential shops, and hospitality venues will shut for 21 days.

The Republic of Ireland has extended existing restrictions. Schools for most pupils will close from next Monday, but final year secondary students doing the Leaving certificate exam - the Irish equivalent of A levels - will continue to attend three days a week. Non-essential construction will stop on Friday at 18:00 local time on 18th January. Building work will be allowed to continue in such projects as social housing, hospitals, schools and on major construction sites for companies in the foreign direct investment sector such as Facebook's new premises in Ballsbridge in Dublin. Click and collect for non-essential retail will be replaced by click and delivery.

Germany's lockdown has been extended until 31st January from current 10th January deadline. Tighter measures are to be implemented as well, including restricting travel in and out of virus hotspots to a 15km radius. Schools and day centres will also stay closed until the end of month.

Zimbabwe entered a second lockdown on Tuesday following a surge in new cases. The restrictions under level 4 lockdown will be in place for the next 30 days. They include a stay-at-home order except movement to access food and medicine.

Japanese capital Tokyo has declared a state of emergency. The government said the one-month emergency would run until 7th February and was aimed at halting transmission via bars and restaurants, which have been shown to be the main hotspots.

All commercial flights between Kuwait and the UK were suspended from 4am on 6th January until further notice.

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