New Year’s Eve revellers form huge queues for takeaway pints amid lockdown

Huge queues of people were seen waiting for takeaway beer in London as lockdown grips the capital.

London is in Tier meaning all pubs and restaurants can offer a takeaway service but they are closed for customers to remain at the premises.

Almost the entire population of England faces spending New Year's Eve in either a Tier 3 or Tier 4 coronavirus lockdown.

These thirsty punters were trying to make the most of the desperate situation by grabbing a drink to go from the White Hart pub in New Cross, south London.

After Health Secretary Matt Hancock's bombshell announcement about the changes to the tiering system, only boozers on the Isles of Scilly, off the Cornish coast, are able to welcome customers inside.

The British public have been urged to stay at home on New Year's Eve to help protect the NHS amid the rising Covid-19 infection rate.

Mr Hancock said: "With our NHS under pressure we must all take personal responsibility this New Year's Eve and stay at home.

"I know how much we have all sacrificed this year and we cannot let up. Over 600,000 people have now been vaccinated and we are close to beating this virus.

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"Now more than ever, we need to pull together to save lives and protect our NHS.

"If we continue to do our bit by staying at home, we can get through this together."

The UK recorded another daily high of new Covid-19 infections with 55,892, along with 964 deaths.

Public Health England's medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle joined the calls for people not to go out to celebrate New Year's Eve.

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Health bosses are concerned about the highly contagious new coronavirus variant that is contributing to cases rocketing.

Dr Doyle said: "We know the overwhelming majority of deaths reported today are people who sadly passed away in just the last few days.

"Every life lost to this disease is a sadness. It is imperative we all take action now to protect our families and our friends.

"We have all had to make huge sacrifices this year, but please ensure that you keep your distance from others, wash your hands and wear a mask.

"A night in at New Year will mean you are significantly reducing your social contacts and can help stop the spread of the virus."

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