UK's hospitals on 'war footing' but Johnson rules out new lockdown

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    Boris Johnson
    Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019

British hospitals have switched to a "war footing" due to staff shortages caused by a wave of Omicron infections, the government said, as the country's daily Covid caseload breached 200,000 for the first time. The 24-hour tally, after chalking up multiple records in the run-up to New Year, hit 218,724 and another 48 deaths were reported in the latest government data.

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