The Prime Minister will make a speech today outlining new lockdown restrictions to fight the second wave of coronavirus
Boris Johnson will today announce new national restrictions as Britain fights to repel a second wave of coronavirus.
After a spike in cases across the UK – including a surge in North-East and North-West England – the Prime Minister is set to tighten the rules on social gatherings and daily life.
There could also be new restrictions on social gatherings and some sectors will be bracing for bad news about business closures.
At their meeting this morning, the Cabinet is expected to discuss the closure of indoor concert venues and a further delay to trials of spectators returning to professional sports, such as Premier League football.
Before that, he will chair meeting of the Cabinet on the morning, and hold his first meeting of the Cobra emergency committee in four months, which will be attended by the leaders of all four UK nations.
Boris Johnson has been forced to order new restrictions after a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.
On Monday, the coronavirus alert status was raised to the second-highest level for the first time since June.
On the same day, the Government’s scientific advisers warned that coronavirus cases could increase to 50,000 per day by mid-October (see graphic below), with 200 or more deaths per day in November « if we don’t change course ».
In a stark warning, Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, suggested restrictions would be needed for another six months and said it was vital to « break unnecessary links » between households.
Ministers are so worried about the rising rate of infections that they have discussed scrapping the « rule of six » and banning people from different households from mixing socially.
There have now been nearly 400,000 cases in the UK and more than 41,000 people have died.
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