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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday that England would enter a one-month lockdown beginning November 5, the country’s second since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.All non-essential shops in the country will be required to shut their doors until December 2, as will hospitality establishments, but schools and universities will be allowed to remain open. Johnson said the government will continue to provide financial aid to furloughed workers, paying 80 percent of their wages. To businesses hurt by the measures, he said he was “truly, truly sorry.”Europe Is Locking Down Everything to Keep Schools Open During COVID’s Second WaveFlanked by England’s chief medical officer and the government’s chief scientific advisor, the prime minister said, “We’re not going back to the full scale lockdown of March and April. The measures that I’ve outlined are far less primitive and less restrictive. Though, I’m afraid, from Thursday, the basic message is the same: Stay at home, protect the [National Health Service], and save lives.” Health officials have warned that many hospitals around the country will be full in the coming weeks.Coronavirus cases in England sailed above one million for the first time Saturday with no signs of slowing, and new infections across the United Kingdom and Europe are surging. Wales instituted a 17-day lockdown a week before the announcement from Downing Street.“Christmas is going to be different this year, perhaps very different, but it’s my sincere hope and belief that by taking tough action, we can allow families across the country to be together,” Johnson said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.