Live updates as Boris Johnson announces the lockdown.

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The Prime Minister will address the nation at 4 pm

It is expected that Boris Johnson will announce another nationwide ban after reports of his plans have been leaked to national newspapers.

The Prime Minister will chair an emergency meeting of his Cabinet this afternoon before a press conference at 16:00.

He is expected to announce further national containment measures.

It has been reported that government scientists have provided the Prime Minister with data from the NHS that is so bleak that he has been given no choice.

The exact details of a possible lockdown are not yet known, but the leaked reports suggest that people will once again be told to stay at home if possible.

Members of Sage, the scientific body advising the government, have already warned that a lockdown is necessary if we are to prevent more than 500 covid deaths per day in winter.

According to the Times, Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Health Minister Matt Hancock and Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove to discuss the new NHS data.

The lockdown could close everything except essential stores and educational institutions such as nurseries and schools.

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According to the Times, one source said the data was “really bad,” warning: “We are seeing the coronavirus growing across the country and hospitals are having a real hard time coping.

We will keep you informed of all the important news on another important and dramatic day for the country.

13:55
One hour delay

It has just been confirmed that the press conference will now take place at 5 p.m. and not at 4 p.m. as previously announced.

13:20
NHS capacity is expected to be overwhelmed

Today’s emergency press conference takes place after terrible warnings about the health care system.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg has tweeted this document, which shows how dangerous the situation is – and why action is being taken now.

13:01
Confirmation of the 16:00-Briefing

12:56
How might a new block affect you?

We certainly expect the announcement of a lockdown when the Prime Minister speaks at 4 pm, but what could it contain?

Here is what to expect:

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/what-new-national-lockdown-could-19198173

12:54
Announcement today

It has just been confirmed that Boris Johnson will address the nation today at 4:00 p.m. in a new conference.

He is expected to be joined by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

He is expected to announce new national restrictions on the country.

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