Another document circulating within the government says the NHS could no longer accept patients by Christmas – even if Nightingale hospitals are used and elective procedures canceled – warning that “the window to act is now for the majority of the country ”.
So we’re currently looking at a media availability of around 6:30 pm That, of course, is subject to change – it was supposed to start two hours ago.
Here’s comedian Matt Lucas with a recap:
Vincent WoodOctober 31, 2020 5:55 PM
Second nationwide lockdown: what will be the final rules for pubs, schools and travel?
Here is the summary of Sarah Young on what the new measures to be announced for those in England will mean.
Vincent Wood31 October 2020 17:40
Johnson strives to rally criticism of the lockdown
The government appears to have made efforts to rally skeptics of its own party before going on lockdown.
Steve Baker, formerly the head of Brexiteer backbenchers on the European Research Group, now the focal point of a growing libertarian voice opposed to coronavirus measures, says he has met number 10 on the new restrictions.
Here’s what he told Sky News on the way out:
Vincent WoodOctober 31, 2020 5:26 PM
Wales to consider border issues tomorrow
Wales will decide how to respond to England’s lockdown tomorrow, the country’s prime minister has said.
The senedd in Cardiff decided to place the nation under a firewall lockdown earlier this month, which is expected to end with the proposed lockdown across its land border.
There was some anger earlier in the month in Westminster when Welsh leaders said they would seek to bar English citizens from areas with high virus prevalence from entering the region.
Here is Prime Minister Mark Drakeford:
Vincent WoodOctober 31, 2020 5:13 PM
Test the result of the delivered target
Boris Johnson’s summer pledge that the UK’s coronavirus testing capacity will reach 500,000 per day by the end of October will not be confirmed until Monday.
A statement on the Department of Health’s coronavirus data dashboard said: “Please note: In accordance with our standard reporting procedure, the capacity figures for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be updated on the dashboard. edge Monday. “
The latest data on Thursday’s dashboard shows that there is currently capacity for 480,961 tests – with 347,626 tests being processed.
Vincent WoodOctober 31, 2020 5:08 PM
Over a million people in the UK have tested positive for the virus
More than a million people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK since the start of the epidemic, according to government data.
The latest figures from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs show that another 21,915 laboratory-confirmed cases had been reported as of 9 a.m., meaning the total now stands at 1,011,660.
On Friday, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed the United States had nine million confirmed cases of Covid-19, the highest number recorded by any country during the outbreak.
India, Brazil, Russia, France, Spain, Argentina and Colombia have also recorded more than one million cases.
Vincent WoodOctober 31, 2020 4:57 PM
Press conference to start
16h 17h after 6 p.m.?
Do you remember the 4 p.m. briefing? The 4 p.m. briefing that was supposed to start at 5 p.m.?
Our political team says we are considering a departure between 6 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. (which would ideally be after the England-Italy rugby match)
Vincent WoodOctober 31, 2020 4:47 PM
Concerns rise over financial response
The government has been reluctant to apply new financial responses to the coronavirus crisis – by canceling the holiday program and business support mechanisms – so naturally people are a little worried that all of the information that has been released on the lockdown so far have not been addressed. what will be done to help closed businesses and workers who cannot work.
Here is Sarah Jones from Labor:
Vincent WoodOctober 31, 2020 4:40 PM
Confirmed: four-week lockdown, businesses closed, no domestic mix
Our political team has just been confirmed the conditions of the new national lockout.
Here are the main points:
- The lockdown will last for four weeks, starting Thursday and ending December 2
- Non-essential businesses, including restaurants and bars, will be closed
- Mixing of households will be prohibited except for childcare
- Schools and universities remain open
- Foreign travel will be banned except for essential business travel
More than Rob Merrick below:
Vincent WoodOctober 31, 2020 4:29 PM
Is the UK going into another lockout?
There is a lot of information flying right now before the 5pm briefing – here is Daisy Lester with what we know so far.
Vincent WoodOctober 31, 2020 4:03 PM