UK: Londoners pack Soho streets for last pint before second lockdown

Old Compton Street in the Soho area of London was packed with customers enjoying a last pint of beer before the start of the second COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom, on Wednesday night. Little to no social distancing or masks could be seen as dozens gathered outside the street's famous pubs. «I'd wish more people were wearing masks, but I also don't blame people for going out. Government's handled it terribly, but also, I don't really know what to do,» said James, one of the few people wearing a mask. «I think everyone feels like it's the last night that they've got for a while and, like, with Christmas coming, I think people feel like they want to try and get a tiny bit of festive spirit before we all just stay inside,» said Libbie, another pub customer. One of the worst-affected countries in Europe, the United Kingdom has registered over 1.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 47,832 deaths with the virus as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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