Boris Johnson has confirmed England will enter a second national lockdown on Thursday. The Prime Minister announced the new restrictions – which are set to last until December 2 – at a press conference from Downing Street on Saturday. The month-long shutdown will come into effect from Thursday after a parliamentary vote early next week, Johnson said during a news conference on Saturday evening.
The Cabinet met in emergency session today after dire warnings by scientists that the coronavirus was running rampant through the whole country – even faster than the government’s worst case scenario.More than a million confirmed cases f Covid have now been recorded in the UK, including 21,915 new infections in the last 24 hours.A further 326 deaths were reported, taking the total to 46,555.
Announcing the new measures, which will see all pubs, restaurants, non-essential shops and other venues forced to close, Johnson said the country had “no alternative,” with current modeling showing that the rise in infections would mean the NHS would be overwhelmed within weeks without new measures, with healthcare staff “forced to choose between saving COVID patients and non-COVID patients.” Everything except essential shops and education settings will be closed from Thursday, November 5 until December 2. “From Thursday until the start of December you must stay at home,” Johnson told the nation in a special news bulletin on the BBC. Scotland and Wales had already introduced lockdowns in their countries. The latest measures mean that any cinemas, theaters, and entertainment venues that weren’t already closed will now need to close. It is also possible that film and TV shoots will be temporarily halted.