Economy facing new crisis
Johnson may order national lockdown next week
The Prime Minister is facing pressure from scientists
Boris Johnson could announce a new national lockdown for England next week, according to government sources, after his scientific advisers told him it was the only way to get the coronavirus under control.
Scientists have presented Downing Street with evidence that that the virus is spreading ‘significantly’ faster than their original ‘worst-case scenario’ prediction.
They fear the virus will kill 85,000 this winter and that it is now too late for a so-called ‘circuit break’.
It is thought Mr Johnson will be forced to order a month-long shutdown for England though he will want to allow greater flexibility than the Spring closures which effectively brought the economy to a standstill.
England could see everything except nurseries, schools, universities and non-essential shops close until 1 December. It could have implications for the sporting calendar.