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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced stringent new coronavirus lockdown measures yesterday in response to the new, more infectious strain of COVID-19 that has ravaged the United Kingdom in recent weeks. The lockdown—which goes into effect today—requires citizens to remain at home except to shop for necessities, exercise, seek medical treatment, or go to work (if unable to do so from home). Schools will remain open “only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers,” and the lockdown will extend until at least mid-February.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar made moves toward ending a yearslong dispute on Monday, with Saudi Arabia opening its airspace and sea routes to Qatar for the first time since 2017. The Trump administration mediated the agreement, which one White House official called “the biggest breakthrough we’ve had to date.”
Iran announced plans over the weekend to enrich uranium up to 20 percent at its underground Fordo nuclear facility “as soon as possible,” edging its nuclear program closer toward weapons-grade levels.