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Boris Johnson is due to address the nation about the coronavirus lockdown in England today (Saturday, October 31). According to the BBC, the PM will outline a new four-week lockdown across England from Wednesday next week.
The Prime Minister is reportedly considering closing everything except essential shops and education settings for a month.
The reported introduction of further lockdown restrictions reflects the rising number of coronavirus cases in the UK.
In September Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned the UK could see 50,000 COVID-19 cases a day by mid-October – a projection which has now proved accurate.
Sir Patrick also said there could be 200-plus daily deaths in November.
The latest Government figures showed a further 274 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, October 30.
According to the latest data, a further 21,915 coronavirus cases were reported on Saturday.
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, more than one million lab-confirmed cases have been reported in the UK.
Members of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have backed the introduction of more stringent measures.
What time is Boris Johnson’s press conference today?
The press conference from Downing Street was originally due to take place at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.
The conference was then delayed to 5pm, but will now be taking place at a later time on Saturday evening.
The Prime Minister is now expected to be joined by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance in Downing Street at 6.30pm, following a meeting of his Cabinet earlier in the afternoon.
This is a breaking story with updates to follow.
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