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Defending his government’s position on the second nationwide lockdown, the UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said on Monday, “lockdown is the last thing we wanted to do.”

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“The virus is spreading faster than the reasonable worst-case scenario.”

“Unless we acted, deaths would have been worse than in spring.”

“Lockdown regulations are time-limited.”

“We will seek to exit to tiered approach at the end of the four-week period.”

Early Asia, Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson explained that explained science shows that COVID-19 deaths could be twice as high as the first wave without action,” adding that there is no alternative to lockdown in London.

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