PM set to announce month-long England lockdown.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce a second national lockdown for England as the UK passed one million Covid-19 cases.
England will go into a new monthlong lockdown on Thursday,
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday.
In a news conference with top government scientific advisers,
he admitted that the current system of local lockdowns was no longer enough to stop the soaring coronavirus infection rate.
Non-essential shops and hospitality will have to close for a month, sources told the BBC.
But unlike the restriction in the spring,
schools and colleges are to be allowed to stay open.
It comes as documents suggested ,
the UK was on course for a much higher death toll than during the first wave.
The lockdown is also expected to include restrictions on travel
and is due to come into force on Thursday,
lasting until 2 December, BBC political correspondent Nick Eardley said.
The prime minister is due to lead a news conference at 17:00 GMT
after holding a cabinet meeting to discuss the coronavirus response earlier.
He is set to be joined by England’s chief medical officer ,
Chris Whitty and the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance for the briefing.
“From Thursday until the start of December,
you must stay at home,” the prime minister said.
Scientists have warned,
that the virus is spreading significantly faster in England than their most dire predictions.
Over the past 7 days,
England has seen an average of 226 infections per 100,000 people.