Tuesday, 5 January 2021 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered England into a new national lockdown to try to slow a surge in Covid-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm parts of the health system before a vaccine programme reaches a critical mass. Johnson said a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus was spreading at great speed and urgent action was needed to slow it down. He said that if the timetable of the vaccination programme went as planned and the number of cases and deaths responded to the lockdown measures as expected, it should be possible to start moving out of lockdown by the middle of February.
The COVID-19 tally of India reached 1,03,05,788 on Jan 02. 19,078 new COVID-19 cases reported in last 24 hours. 224 casualties linked with COVID-19 in last 24 hours took the death toll to 1,49,218. The active cases stand at 2,50,183. 22,926 people recovered from the virus in a day.