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UK's Johnson: London, southeast England going under tougher COVID rules

FILE PHOTO: People walk past a Harvey Nichols store, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that London and southeast England would be placed into a new higher tier of COVID-19 restrictions because of the spread of a more infectious variant of the virus.

“It may be up to 70% more transmissible than the old variant, the original version of the disease,” Johnson told a news conference.

Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by William Schomberg

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