Will there be a second national lockdown in the UK?

Boris Johnson is set to deliver an update to the public today, and some are wondering if there could be another big announcement on the way.

The latest press conference comes after the number of coronavirus cases yesterday reached its highest level since the start of the pandemic, with the worldwide Covid-19 death toll now surpassing 1 million.

The Government has been busy implementing tighter restrictions, both locally and nationally, and at least 16.6 million people are currently in local lockdowns – about one in four Brits.

But is it time to plunge the entire UK into a nationwide lockdown again? Here’s what we know.

Will there be a second lockdown in the UK?

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Boris Johnson has been very clear that he is keen to avoid a second national lockdown, previously saying he and his government ‘are going to do everything in our power to prevent’ a national lockdown, as he believes it would be ‘disastrous’ for the economy.

This comes as the UK’s national debt passes £2,000,000,000,000 – two trillion.

Though the PM will be speaking at the 100th coronavirus press conference later today, his official spokesperson confirmed the purpose of the briefing is to ‘provide an update on the latest statistics’.

They added: ‘It is not because there is some specific set of new announcements to make.’

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that we must act sooner rather than later to save Christmas celebrations.

He said: ‘The more we can control the virus now and stop the spread now, the easier it’s going to be to have a Christmas that’s as close to normal as possible’.

Earlier this month, the notion of a national two-week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown during the October half term spread, but this has not been commented on by the Government.

However, it is believed Liverpool may be the first city to have this style of lockdown imposed on it.

On Tuesday, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson told The Daily Telegraph it was ‘only a matter of days’ until a more severe lockdown was imposed on the city.

He said: ‘For me, it is only a matter of time because the virus isn’t able to be controlled in the city with the restrictions we have now.

‘We need a circuit breaker or stricter lockdown to try to stop the virus spreading.

‘If we can have the severest measures of lockdown now, we may arrest the increase and start to bring it down by the end of October, so that in the lead up to Christmas we can get some normality.’

What are the current infection rates in the UK?

On Tuesday, UK recorded 7,143 more Covid-19 cases in 24 hours – which is the highest number of daily new cases ever recorded in the UK.

The current UK R rate is 1.2-1.5.

Which areas are currently under local lockdowns?

The following areas are under some kind of local lockdown or facing restrictions. This list is correct at time of writing:

  • Birmingham
  • Solihull
  • Sandwell
  • Oldham
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Bradford
  • Rochdale
  • Manchester
  • Bolton
  • Tameside
  • Bury
  • Preston
  • Salford
  • Leicester
  • Kirklees
  • Calderdale
  • Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle
  • Northumberland
  • North Tyneside
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland
  • Caerphilly County
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT)
  • Glasgow City
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • West Dunbartonshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • South Lanarkshire

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