Prime Minister Boris Johnson to address the nation in coronavirus briefing



Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation with a coronavirus press conference this evening.

With Health Secretary Matt Hancock delivering a speech to the House of Commons at 3pm about the latest tiers and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson speaking about schools, Mr Johnson will then take to the podium at Number 10.

Political commentators expect the latest coronavirus tier review will see even more areas plunged into Tier 4 – almost lockdown-like rules.

And some have even gone so far as to call for a national lockdown following the Christmas bubble period.

It comes after the UK yesterday recorded a record 53,135 new coronavirus cases as well as 414 deaths.

However the latest Oxford University/AstraZenica vaccine has also been approved today with widespread roll-out due to begin next week.

The Prime Minister will lead the Downing Street address from 5pm.

What is the coronavirus picture locally?

Stoke-on-Trent, the entirety of Staffordshire, and Cheshire East, are currently subject to Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

Under the current Tier 3 rules families cannot meet inside or in private gardens unless they are part of a support bubble.

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Outdoor meetings in parks, beaches, public gardens, or heritage sites can take place so long as social distancing and the rule of six are adhered to.

Hospitality such as pubs and restaurants as well as hotels and guest houses have been forced to close in Tier 3.

Stoke-on-Trent currently has an infection rate of 281.6 per 100,000 people with 722 cases in the past seven days.

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Meanwhile Staffordshire has an infection rate of 268.1 cases per 100,000 with 2,358 cases in the last week.

And Cheshire East has an infection rate of 238.4 cases in 100,000 people with 916 in the last week.

Currently the infection rate for the entirety of England lies at 402.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Follow our live coronavirus updates throughout the day here.





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