COVID‑19: National Lockdown in the UK


To protect the NHS and save lives., National Lockdown has been put in place across the UK. People have been asked to stay home at home. This is in view of recent rapid increase in number of cases across the UK.

COVID-19 lockdowns

National lockdown rules apply now. More details about lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Further, UK COVID-19 alert level has moved from level 4 to level 5.

Currently, the community transmission rate of the infection is very high and substantial numbers of COVID patients are in hospitals and in intensive care. A a result, the health system across UK is under immense pressure. More transmissible new variant may be key reason behind rising number of cases across the four countries. There is a reasonable risk of the NHS in many areas being overwhelmed over the next three weeks.



  1. UK Government 2020. National lockdown: Stay at Home Available on Accessed on 04 January 2020. 
  2. UK Government 2020. COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers Available online at Accessed on 04 January 2020. 



  1. […] Although lockdown is imperative to avoid further spread of COVID-19, it has brought the world economy to tatters (5) due to huge losses by virtue of businesses and establishments being closed indefinitely till lockdown continues. In addition, there is a huge social cost with impact on people’s relationships and mental health of individuals due to confinement indoors and being unable to interact face to face with each other, leading to problems such as depression, mood swings etc. Medical fraternity, general public and government experts are battling with disease with the following questions in mind. How long should the lockdown continue? What could be the lockdown lifting strategy? Complete or in phases. How can we mitigate the consequences of lockdown? Unfortunately, there is no easy and straightforward answers to all these questions and each person or entity has his/her own perception of what the future is going to be, both short-term and long-term. […]


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