UK leader to end England’s national lockdown on Dec. 2

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Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister (Photo: ZUMA / MGN)

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to end an England-wide lockdown as scheduled on Dec. 2 and to announce a return to regional restrictions since statistics show coronavirus infections have stabilized.

Johnson’s office said late Saturday that the government plans to return to using a three-tiered system that imposes different restrictions based on the severity of local outbreaks.

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The prime minister’s office says more communities are expected to be placed in the two highest virus alert categories.

England currently is partway through a four-week lockdown that started Nov. 5.

The Cabinet is scheduled to discuss its next steps Sunday, and Johnson’s office says he is aiming to give Parliament the details on Monday.