Boris Johnson to hold rare press conference tomorrow as coronavirus cases soar

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to hold a rare press conference on Wednesday with Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.

The PM will deliver another update as much of Britain is now gripped by the second wave of Covid-19.

It comes after swathes of England, including Newcastle, were plunged under tighter lockdown restrictions making it illegal to meet people outside your household.

Mr Johnson gave a televised address last week as he announced the controversial 10pm curfew on pubs – a move that has sparked backlash from critics claiming it is doing more harm than good.

The Prime Minister will again be joined by Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick, following the same format that Brits became used to at the beginning of lockdown.

It is not thought that the leader will announce any new restrictions but it is likely he will address the skyrocketing numbers of Coronavirus infections.

New cases rose by 4,044 in the UK yesterday and another 13 deaths were recorded as Britain is gripped by a second wave.

It follows trends across Europe where countries such as France have faced warnings that their health service will be overwhelmed.

Boris today apologised for getting north-east England lockdown rules wrong.

The Prime Minister was forced to Tweet an apology after he "misspoke" and wrongly suggested the rule of six does not apply outdoors.

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The Prime Minister tweeted "Apologies: I misspoke" before stressing that north East English households cannot mix in any indoor social setting and should avoid socialising outside.

Meanwhile more than 17 million Brits are currently subject to local lockdown bans, including students stuck inside their halls.

Ministers have considering all pubs and restaurants shut for a fortnight in one aspect of an emergency lockdown.

In his speech last week, the PM said restrictions could last six months as the virus sweeps across Britain as we head towards winter.

And he warned that “significantly greater restrictions” could be put in place if the R rate fails to drop below 1.

Britain was warned that it could see 50,000 coronavirus cases a day within three weeks as the alert level was upped to four.

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