What Boris Johnson is likely to say in his coronavirus lockdown announcement

Today Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make yet another announcement about coronavirus restrictions.

This time he will address the nation to set out a new package of lockdown measures in a bid to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

The North of England is expected to be hardest hit by the coronavirus restrictions, as cases have surged the last few weeks, and the country has reached a " tipping point ".

On average, coronavirus rates are higher in the North and Midlands, than in the south of England.

A Downing Street spokesperson has said: “This is a critical juncture and it is absolutely vital that everyone follows the clear guidance we have set out to help contain the virus.”

Here is everything you need to know, including what time the coronavirus statement is, and what Boris Johnson will say.

What time is Boris Johnson’s announcement?

Mr Johnson is expected to make the coronavirus lockdown announcement at 6pm on Monday, October 12.

He will address the nation live from Downing Street, flanked by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty.

But before the nation-wide announcement he will reveal the full details of the Government’s plans in a statement to the House of Commons, usually at around 3.30pm.

What will Boris Johnson say?

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Mr Johnson is set to impose stricter lockdown restrictions in England, including a potential ban on overnight stays.

He is also expected to announce that pubs and gyms must shut down in England’s hardest-hit regions.

The country is expected to be divided into three tiers, and medium, high and very high alert levels will be rolled out.

It has not yet been revealed which parts of the country will be placed in which tier.

However, tier one will be for areas with fewer than 100 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people.

Here the minimum coronavirus restrictions would apply, such as the Rule of six, and the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants.

Tier two could ban households mixing in homes and gardens.

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It is understood Merseyside will be placed in the “very high” category, where the most strict restrictions apply.

Latest figures show that Liverpool has almost 600 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people.

Pubs, gyms, casinos and betting shops will likely close, but restaurants will likely remain open.

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