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The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is speaking shortly to announce a third national lockdown for England where level 5 restrictions could come into play.

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Meanwhile, the Kingdown has passed the milestone of 50,000 infections every day for a week.

The easing of restrictions at Christmas was expected to fuel the outbreak considering the new variant’s speed of transmission, pressuring the NHS to the brink.

The Department of Health chiefs also posted 407 more deaths, up just 14 per cent on the figure recorded last week.

Market implications

The worst in this data is perhaps not even appeared yet, which is why a national lockdown was expected taking the pound down over 1% on the day.

It can take infected patients several weeks to fall severely ill and succumb to the illness so fatalities are yet to reach their peak and will likely continue to rise at a later stage.

The nation is already printing death tolls not seen since the darkest days of the spring.

Darker days could be ahead for the pound.

A break of the 10-day moving average could be the bulls last dance for a while:

For more on the UK economy and the future of the pound, see here: Post-Brexit and the UK economy: How will the pound fare in a covid vaccine world?