Britain locks down over virus surge despite new vaccine rollout

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    Schools and colleges across #Britain closed on Tuesday ahead of a national #lockdown as the country battled to control surging #coronavirus cases that are threatening to overwhelm its healthcare system. The tough new measures were announced Monday even as Britain began rolling out the Oxford-AstraZeneca shots, a possible game-changer in fighting Covid-19 worldwide, and as vaccine programmes in the United States and Europe stumbled.

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