Third coronavirus wave to hit soon: UK foreign minister

LONDON: Britain is at risk of suffering a third wave of coronavirus infections. The lockdown restrictions are necessary for the coming weeks, as said by foreign minister Dominic Raab on Sunday.

Raab told to BBC, "There's a risk of that (if) we don't get the balance right," when it was asked about a possible 'third wave' resurgence of cases in January and February. He said the government was doing everything it could to avoid another national lockdown but if it's the only approach then it can't be delayed. Raab said on Sunday that the next week will be very significant for Brexit as it's near the deadline was in trade talks with the European Union. He also said in a statement with BBC that,  "This is a very significant week, the last real major week subject to any further postponement." He said negotiations were down to their final two basic issues and a deal was possible if the EU showed some pragmatism. As Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to lawmakers to say the measures would end in February to try to quell opposition, England will need resisting restrictions after its current lockdown ends if hospitals are not to become flooded, a senior minister said.  Britain has boosted its preparations for a vaccine roll-out on Saturday as Johnson named Nadhim Zahawi as a new health minister to oversee its deployment and the Financial Times reported that the UK is set to approve the BioNTech Pfizer vaccine next week.

The government still needs to convince lawmakers to back its new tougher tiered measures even if the progress on the vaccine is seen, which will put 99% of English people into the highest two levels of restrictions when the current national lockdown ends on December 2.

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