Boris Johnson announcement: What time is the PM’s speech today, Monday November 2?

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BORIS Johnson will update MPs in the House of Commons on coronavirus restrictions this afternoon (Nov 2).

The PM announced on Saturday, October 31, that England would enter a four week strict lockdown from November 5 until December 2.

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Boris Johnson will address MPs in the House of Commons this afternoon

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Boris Johnson will address MPs in the House of Commons this afternoonCredit: Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

What time is Boris Johnson's speech?

Boris Johnson is expected to speak in the Commons this afternoon (November 2) at 3.30pm.

The Prime Minister addressed the nation on Saturday, October 31, infuriating many as the speech was delayed.

It was supposed to start at 4pm but the speech was put back by more than two hours, with the PM not addressing the nation until after 6.30pm.

What is Boris Johnson expected to announce?

Mr Johnson is expected to tell MPS that there is "no alternative" but to impose four weeks of tough measures across England from November 5 as a way of trying to control rising infection rates.

The UK has reported more than one million coronavirus cases throughout the pandemic.

His statement comes after a new lockdown was unveiled in his speech on October 31.

The Prime Minister is expected to tell MPs the Government will “seek to ease” restrictions and return to the tiered system on December 2.

Under the new rules people will have to stay home and will only be able to leave home for school, work, medical reasons, exercise, shopping or providing care to the vulnerable.

Pubs and restaurants will be shut although they will be allowed to do deliveries and provide takeaway services.

All non-essential retail will close, but supermarkets will be able to sell any and all goods they like.

They will not have to follow the Welsh example which saw non-essential goods cordoned off to shoppers.

Hairdressers and gyms will also be forced to close under the new restrictions.

Mr Johnson will stop short of promising that the rules will be definitely lifted at the end of the month.

He will tell MPs: “At the end of four weeks, on Wednesday 2nd December, we will seek to ease restrictions, going back into the tiered system on a local and regional basis according to the latest data and trends.

"Models of our scientists suggest that unless we act now, we could see deaths over the winter that are twice as bad or more compared with the first wave.

"Faced with these latest figures, there is no alternative but to take further action at a national level."

Cabinet minister Michael Gove admitted on November 1 that the lockdown could continue beyond the start of December if the measures do not drive the R-number down.

Once the restrictions are lifted, the plan is to return to the three-tiered local lockdown system.

Regions across England will then be placed in Covid alert levels depending on the rate of infection in their respective areas.

These will range from Tier 1 "medium" Covid alert level to Tier 3, known as "very high".

Boris Johnson is likely to tell MPs that the lockdown starting on November 5 will be time-limited

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Boris Johnson is likely to tell MPs that the lockdown starting on November 5 will be time-limitedCredit: AFP or licensors

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How can I watch Boris Johnson's speech live?

You can watch Boris Johnson's speech on the BBC News Channel.

You can also watch it on BBC iPlayer or BBC Parliament.

The Sun Online will be covering the speech in full.

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