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Downing Street is planning to impose a national lockdown from Wednesday, according to The Times report.
Boris Johnson will reportedly impose national lockdown across England amid increasing reports of COVID-19.
This means that nurseries, universities, schools and other non-essential shops will be forced to shut down until December 1, the newspaper reports.
This is following the Prime Minister’s meeting on Wednesday with senior cabinet ministers – Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock and Michael Gove.
According to the report, the ministers are left feeling they “have no choice but to implement national restrictions” following recent data from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).
Data from Government scientists on Friday reportedly showed that the virus is spreading faster through England than anticipated.
An official document dated October 14 which was published today showed the country will be in a worse position compared Sage estimated 85 deaths from Coronavirus over the course of the Winter.
Jonathan Van Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical officer was said to have warned ministers on Thursday morning that the virus was “out of control”.
The deputy political editor of The Times, Steven Swinford tweeted “I’m told that some projections circulating in Whitehall suggest that without significant interventions there will be a big spike in deaths around Christmas Eve.
“Ministers hope the national lockdown measures, expected to last just under a month, will help suppress the spread.”
Mr Johnson is faced with the decision this weekend to determine what kind of measures to introduce.
According to reports, scientists want the government to impose a national lockdown similar to the one in France, in order to save Christmas and avoid the hospitals running out of beds.
France went back into lockdown tonight which means schools will stay open and non-essential businesses will have to close, inter-region travels will be banned and people can leave their residents for medical reasons, work or an hour of exercise a day.
The President, Emmanuel Macron said the step was necessary to avoid being submerged by the increased of the pandemic.
Macron’s move has put Boris Johnson who had on several occasions avoid the need for a national lockdown, under pressure.
According to reports, Mr Johnson has been warned that if he delayed the lockdown, it could “backfire on him” and the hospitals in England will suffer the consequence by December 17.
The PM is planning to address the nation about a new national lockdown on Monday.
The Times quotes a senior government source as saying that a final decision had been made, with ministers pondering over plans to move the nation to tier 4 level of restriction.
But as cases continue to rise in the country, officials are said to be backing the planned national lockdown.