Boris Johnson coronavirus speech LIVE – PM gives news conference as UK cases spike and vaccine trial is paused – WATCH
IN his first No 10 press conference since July, Boris Johnson is addressing the nation to announce new measures to tackle coronavirus.
Boris Johnson started his coronavirus press briefing at 4pm – with the speech available to watch live, here on this page.
The PM is speaking from The House of Commons with chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
The Government is expected to slash the number of people who are allowed to gather indoors or out to six after the number of coronavirus cases have soared for the past two days.
Follow our live blog for the latest on Boris Johnson's coronavirus update…
BORIS WILL "REVIEW INTENTIONS" TO ALLOW AUDIENCES TO RETURN TO STADIUMS AND VENUES
Boris Johnson's lockdown roadmap initially saw November 1 as the first date that social distancing could be lifted, but it is understood he wants to review the plan for theatres and sports events.
Boris says “I wish we didn't have to take this step but it is necessary to stop the spread of Covid-19”
The Prime Minister says “To beat the virus everyone should limit social contact as much as possible.”
Premises and venues will be legally required to request the contact details of a member of each party to assist track and trace.
There will also be £100 fines for everybody meeting in groups of more than six.
"RULE OF SIX" – “I'm sorry about that”
Boris says if you meet in groups of more than six from Monday, you will be “breaking the law.”
This single measures places the existing ban of gatherings of more than 30.
Exceptions include a single household of more than six and COVID secure venues can still hold more than six in total.
He says he wishes he didn't have to take this step.
The rule of six will be “under constant review”.
BORIS REMINDS PEOPLE TO WEAR A MASK
The Prime Minister says he understands that some people find face coverings uncomfortable but insists they do help stop the spread.
He started with a reminder of “the basics”: “hands, face, space and get a test”.
WHITTY WARNS RATES ARE GOING UP AMONG YOUNG ADULTS
While rates of infections for children and the elderly are fairly flat, rates in young adults have spiked dramatically.
This graph shows the rate of infection across Europe.
France is red, UK is blue, Belgium is orange, Spain is green.
BORIS IS ANNOUNCING THE BIGGEST REVERSAL OF LOCKDOWN SINCE MEASURES WERE EASED
Chris Whitty opens the conference with the overall rates which show that numbers of coronavirus infections are increasing “rapidly”.
He says the good news is that in older people the rates are fairly flat.
BRITAIN COULD FACE 10PM CURFEW
BRITAIN could be put under a “'curfew' with businesses ordered to stop at 10pm as part of the new rules to stop COVID's deadly spread.
Boris may announce this rule during his press conference following reports in The Telegraph that Ministers are considering imposing a national curfew.
This comes after pubs in Bolton were forced to close between 10pm and 5am.
While in Antwerp, in Belgium, there was a curfew between 11.30pm and 6am in July after a surge in Covid-19 cases.
'HANDS, FACE, SPACE' AD LAUNCHED
As well as announcing further restrictive measures, the UK Government is launching its Winter COVID-19 campaign.
The ad is designed to encourage people to take care with their 'hands, face and space' to prevent the spread of the virus.
It starts: ”As winter approaches we'll be spending more time indoors – this will increase the risk of coronavirus spreading.”
This comes after the Prime Minister said that without a vaccine 'human behaviour' was the “only utensil' available for driving down the number of new cases.
BORIS INSISTS HE IS WORKING 'FLAT OUT'
The Prime Minister today said he is making “tough calls” to get the infection rate down.
Meanwhile, he accused Sir Keir Starmer of being “silent” on schools, saying the leader of the opposition didn't want to upset union bosses.
We take the tough calls, all he does is sit on the sidelines, the PM concludes.
BORIS WANTS BRITONS TO TAKE A PREGNANCY-STYLE TEST EVERY MORNING
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wants every Briton to take a COVID test every morning during Prime Minister’s Questions earlier today.
He said: “The world we want to move to as fast as possible is a world in which everybody can take enabling tests at the beginning of the day and antigen tests to identify whether or not we have the virus or not.”
He said he would like it to be “like a pregnancy test” and results would be ready “within 15 minutes or so”.
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