England is set to be placed in a full lockdown until December, it has been reported tonight.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be set to announce the move on Monday following a meeting with his Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, and Health Minister Matt Hancock.
It follows the high demand being placed on hospitals, which is said to have changed the Prime Minister’s mind, according to a report on The Mirror, which references sources who have spoken to The Times.
Mr Johnson has so far resisted calls for a full lockdown in England, while Wales has introduced its fire-break lockdown and Scotland has brought in a tier system of restrictions.
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It is reported that Jonathan Van Tam, the deputy chief medical officer in England, told ministers there on Thursday morning that the virus was “out of control”.
Labour leader Keir Starmer called earlier this month for a circuit breaker national lockdown in England.
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Shortly after First Minister Mark Drakeford announced a similar move for Wales, with the fire-break lockdown here due to come to an end on Monday, November 9.
It was announced today, Friday, October 30, that 11 more people had died with coronavirus in Wales. Public Health Wales (PHW), also confirmed that 1,737 more people had been diagnosed with Covid-19 following a lab test.
That is significantly up from the 1,375 recorded the previous day and is the highest daily total since the pandemic began in March.