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Statement from the leader of the council about National lockdown

Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, said: 'The Government has announced today (4 January) that the Royal Borough, along with the rest of England, returns to full lockdown.

'With COVID-19 cases locally and nationally showing no signs of easing, let alone plateauing out, I don’t think any of us find this announcement surprising. The new variant of the virus is between 50 and 70% more transmissible. We’re already seeing our NHS under pressure, and sadly the death toll is rising once more. Our thoughts are with those of you who’ve already lost loved ones to this virus.'

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