Liverpool city center deserted as UK third national lockdown begins

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Liverpool city center was empty today as crowds stayed at home following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night.
Usually the busy streets, filled with shoppers and tourists, were deserted with only a few spotted people heading to work places or on their daily stroll.

Photos taken this afternoon also show major roads such as The Strand left almost completely empty, in scenes similar to March when the first lockdown was announced.

The UK’s third national lockdown comes after an increase in COVID-19 cases across the country.

The infection rate has shown an alarming increase in the Liverpool city area since the end of December, with some areas more affected than others.

People are only allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes, such as going to work, if they cannot work from home, and to purchase essentials.

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Boris Johnson has called on people to follow the new rules in an effort to remove the virus, with the new rules being enacted tomorrow Wednesday January 6.

The government said a number of essential stores are allowed to remain open for the duration of the lockdown. This includes food stores, supermarkets and pharmacies.

Lockdown measures are expected to be in place until at least February as the mass vaccination program rolls out across the country.

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