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Boris Johnson will unveil plans for a return to a three-tier system after the current England lockdown ends on December 2. The Prime Minister is expected to unveil a raft of new restrictions, despite a warning from 70 of his backbench MPs indicating they won’t support any further lockdown rules. Mr Johnson will unveil the new rules in a speech in Parliament this afternoon, before hosting a press conference later this evening.
It is expected much of the three tier rules will remain the same but Mr Johnson is likely to strengthen the rules in the top tier – Tier 3.
Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to stay open until 11pm with last orders at 10pm, giving customers extra hour to finish their food and drinks.
The Covid Winter Plan is also expected to cover Christmas, where it has been suggest up to three households could be allowed to create a bubble temporarily between December 22 and 28.
Experts also say we could see more areas placed under Tier 3 restrictions in order to stem the rising cases.
Ministers will announce on Thursday which tier each area will enter.
What time will Boris Johnson give press conference?
Boris Johnson will hold a press conference on Monday evening after setting out the new tiered coronavirus restrictions for England.
The Prime Minister, who is still self-isolating, will take part remotely, with the event expected around 7pm.
England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and director of the Oxford vaccine group Professor Andrew Pollard will also be at the press conference.
The update today comes after Oxford/AstraZeneca’s covid vaccine candidate announced up to 90 percent effective in late-stage trials.
“I think we are on track for the timeline… to start getting this vaccine rolled out from December,” Adrian Hill, director of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, told Reuters, adding that high-risk groups would receive shots before it was rolled out more widely to everyone in spring.
“I think that could be done. It’s going to be an enormous effort… hopefully there will be vaccine available for all adults, but that’s likely to be springtime rather than in January.”
Mr Johnson tweeted: “Great to speak with the team at UniofOxford & AstraZeneca this morning to thank them for their brilliant work on the #OxfordVaccine.
“These results are incredibly encouraging and a major step forward in our fight against Covid-19.”
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