Boris Johnson addressing nation today as fears grow of second national lockdown

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Boris Johnson will hold a press conference today at 4pm as the country faces a second national lockdown.

The Prime Minister will address the nation after holding an emergency cabinet meeting this afternoon.

He is reportedly considering imposing a new month-long national lockdown in England next week after scientists warned Covid-19 was spreading faster than their worst predictions.

Everything would be closed except essential shops and education settings for a month from Wednesday, according to reports.

The PM will appear alongside England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser.

Before the press conference, he will chair a meeting of the cabinet at 1.30pm.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "Cabinet will meet at 1.30pm today to discuss the Government's coronavirus response."

A new "stay at home" order could be announced during the press conference, the BBC reports.

Schools, colleges and universities would be exempt from the order.

The Government's top scientific advisors are said to believe a national lockdown is the only chance of "saving Christmas", in the hope measures could be eased in December.

They say the outbreak is "running riot" during the second wave Britain is currently experiencing.

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SAGE – Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies – thinks it is the only way to prevent more than 500 daily Covid deaths this festive period.

New papers released on Friday showed it has advised the Government its previous worst case doomsday scenario of 85,000 deaths over the course of the winter is set to be exceeded.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has warned the current tiers alert system is not sufficient to "get on top of the numbers”.

The policy shift comes after new data showed the extent of cases across England.

The Office for National Statistics estimated 568,100 people in households were infected with the virus in the week ending October 23.

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Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar said the consequences of sticking with the current "insufficient" restrictions would be "much worse" than going for a second lockdown.

The director of the Wellcome Trust said: "The sooner we act, the sooner we can start to recover. It will be a very difficult few weeks now and no one can underestimate the toll that will take on people.

"But the consequences of sticking with the current insufficient restrictions would have been much worse."

Sage member Professor Calum Semple added: "For the naysayers that don't believe in a second wave, there is a second wave.

"And, unlike the first wave, where we had a national lockdown which protected huge swathes of society, this outbreak is now running riot across all age groups."

  • Boris Johnson
  • Coronavirus
  • Lockdown

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