Covid: Lockdown rules explained in five South Asian languages

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image captionPeople are only allowed to go outside for essential reasons under new lockdown rules.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new lockdown restrictions in England on 4 January. People have been told to stay at home and only go outside for essential reasons, such as medical appointments, emergencies and exercise.

Schools and colleges have moved to online learning and summer examinations have been cancelled. The measures have been introduced to prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed by a surge in cases, caused by the new variant, which spreads up to 70% more quickly. The national restrictions are expected to last until at least the middle of February.

The BBC Asian Network has explained the new rules in five South Asian languages: Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu. You can also read more about the rules in English here.

Urdu

Reporter Haroon Rashid explains what you can and can't do in Urdu.

media captionReporter Haroon Rashid explains what you can and can't do under the new lockdown rules in Urdu

Punjabi

Reporter Raj Kaur Bilkhu explains what you can and can't do in Punjabi.

media captionReporter Raj Kaur Bilkhu explains what you can and can't do under the new lockdown rules in Punjabi

Tamil

Presenter Sangeetha Rajan explains what you can and can't do in Tamil.

media captionPresenter Sangeetha Rajan explains what you can and can't do under the new lockdown rules in Tamil

Sylheti

Presenter Poppy Begum explains what you can and can't do in Sylheti.

media captionPoppy Begum explains what you can and can't do under the new lockdown rules in Sylheti

Gujarati

Radio Presenter Shruti Chauhan explains what you can and can't do in Gujarati.

media captionRadio presenter Shruti Chauhan explains what you can and can't do under the new lockdown rules in Gujarati

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