Prayer #270: For Increased Tier 4 Restrictions in the U.K. Amidst a New COVID-19 Strain
The United Kingdom has yet again tightened its restrictions due to the presence of a newly-identified strain of COVID-19, which has given rise to another increase of the virus, distinct from the spike that peaked back on November 11, which subsided somewhat by the end of November. This new surge began a little over a week ago and has already exceeded the previous spike. On Friday, there were reported 28,500 new cases of the virus, with about 500 deaths. Health officials believe that this rise is largely due to this genetic variant of COVID-19. The percentage of people testing positive for the virus has risen in England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that London and parts of southern England were moving to Tier 4 restrictions, which require non-essential shops, hairdressers, and indoor leisure venues to close. This is effective as of today.
Pray for the United Kingdom during this large spike in COVID-19 amidst the presence of a new strain of the virus. Pray for God's protection for citizens of the U.K. during this time and for its economy as well with the stringent lockdowns and closures.
Ps. 3:3: "But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head."