Covid LIVE: Fourth wave smashes Europe – Ireland imposes new lockdown with fears UK next

Boris Johnson issues warning about ‘blizzard’ of coronavirus

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Restrictions are being imposed across Europe as cases surge across the continent with many countries introducing tighter curbs for people who have not been vaccinated. Now there are fears the UK may follow suit after reporting 46,000 cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the highest number in almost a month.  

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Germany’s unvaccinated face restrictions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced restrictions for the unvaccinated in areas where hospital admissions exceed a set threshold. 

Those who have not received the vaccine will be excluded from certain venues.

Mrs Merkel said the situation is “dramatic” and they need to “quickly put a brake on the exponential rise”.

On Thursday Germany reported more than 65,000, the highest figure since the pandemic began.

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