BORIS Johnson will address the nation today, October 31, to make important new announcements in relation to new coronavirus lockdown measures.
The PM previously vowed he would do "everything in his power" to avoid a national lockdown. Here's what we can expect from today's impending announcement.
⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updatesThe PM previously vowed he would do "everything in his power" to avoid a national lockdownCredit: Reuters
When is Boris Johnson's next speech?
The PM will address the nation at 4pm today from Downing Street.
He will provide an update on the government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The press conference will be held alongside chief medical officer for England Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
What is he expected to say?
Mr Johnson is expected to introduce a month of tough new nation-wide Covid restrictions after Government scientific advisers have warned the PM that a longer and more widespread lockdown is now necessary.
The new measures could be introduced as soon as Monday — and last until December.
All areas across the UK are expected to enter Tier 3 — with some facing even stricter controls.
It would likely see non-essential businesses close and people told to stay mostly at home, though schools would remain open.
Pubs and restaurants in England would close.
Unlike the last lockdown, schools, colleges and universities will remain open.
The clamp down is an attempt to curb the more than 85,000 people which could die from a second wave of coronavirus, a paper from the Government's Sage group has warned.
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What did he say in his last announcement?
It comes after government scientists presented the PM with “grim” data on the second wave, despite the R-rate falling.
Experts warned a circuit breaker style two-week lockdown would now not be long enough to curb infections.
No 10 has been warned deaths from the virus could peak just before Christmas, with a "massive spike" on Christmas Eve.
Grim projections looking at all outcomes have left Downing Street fretting about the festive period, and the spread of the virus.
The move would signal a major U-turn from Boris, who has repeatedly insisted he wants to pursue a regional approach.
However, politicians and scientists want to bring infection rates down far enough so loved ones can gather safely for Christmas.All areas across the UK are expected to enter Tier 3 — with some facing even stricter controls
The U.K. is recording more than 20,000 new coronavirus infections a day, and government statisticians say the true figure is far higher.
The Office for National Statistics estimated Friday that 1 in 100 people in England, well over half a million, had the virus in the week to Oct. 23.
On Saturday the country is likely to surpass 1 million confirmed cases since the outbreak began.
The U.K. has Europes highest coronavirus death toll at more than 46,000.