Boris Johnson lockdown announcement: What time is the PM’s speech today, October 31?

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.

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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 warned that a longer and more widespread lockdown is now necessary.

Since the first national lockdown imposed in March, the PM has resisted pressure to introduce nationwide restrictions, opting instead for a localised tier system.

But 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 all 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 warned.

Different regions would reportedly be allowed to come out of the national lockdown at different points under tiering measures and depending on the rate of infection.

What did he say in his last announcement?

Earlier this month, Boris Johnson introduced a tiered lockdown system to simplify local coronavirus lockdowns across the UK.

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.

Papers presented at a meeting on Friday between the prime minister, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, show that "all models suggest a significantly higher peak than those estimated at any point in the current 'Reasonable Worst Case Scenario'" Sky News reports.

The document is reported as saying "median peak infections are projected to be 50 per cent to 150 per cent greater" than those in the first wave.

Members of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have backed the introduction of more stringent measures.

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."


The policy shift is expected to come after new data showed the extent of coronavirus cases across England.

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.

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 U.K. has Europes highest coronavirus death toll at more than 46,000.

Britain is on the brink of passing 1,000,000 coronavirus cases as the country nears a grim milestone.

How can I watch the speech?

You can watch the government's daily press briefings using a live stream on our YouTube channel.

You can also follow live updates on the conference and the coronavirus in the UK through our live blog.

On TV, the press conferences are broadcast live on BBC News.

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