The coronavirus pandemic is now worse than ever. A new highly contagious variant of the virus is sweeping through the country. In parts of the north west, the reproduction rate (R-Rate) is above 2. The national death rate is approaching one death per minute. Hospitals and the ambulance service are overwhelmed.
On 5 January, England entered a third national lockdown, and measures introduced then are likely to get tighter. Already, every business has to ensure it is COVID-19 Secure, and many businesses cannot legally open.