A second national lockdown to save Christmas is being considered by Boris Johnson after the publication of chilling scientific papers predicting that coronavirus deaths this winter could outstrip the 85,000 envisaged in the government’s “worst case scenario”.
Newly-released documents from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) warn the scale of Covid-19’s spread throughout the UK means the death toll could surpass the 85,000 fatalities previously predicted by government modelling.
It is being reported that the prime minister will hold a press conference on Monday to announce a new national shutdown beginning as early as Wednesday and last until 1 December.
In the past few days, officials had drawing up fresh plans to add an extra lockdown level – a fourth tier. These plans could indicate the types of measures the Government might introduce next week.
Closing restaurants and non-essential shops
Banning wedding receptions and gatherings
The new measures may be even more severe.
During the first lockdown, Britons were told they could not leave home except to shop for necessities, to exercise once a day or for medical care.
Another 274 people had died yesterday from coronavirus in the UK, taking the official death toll past 46,000