Boris Johnson announces ‘LIGHTNING’ coronavirus lockdowns to curb second wave

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The Prime Minister announced new measures to prevent second waves of the pandemic flaring up yesterday. Mr Johnson announced that the UK would be in lockdown from March 23. The UK has seen a total of 294,110 COVID-19 cases, and 45,204 deaths.

Friday will see the Prime Minister announce a bevy of new measures to help the UK beat back spikes in coronavirus cases.

A Government health source said that councils will be given more powers to impose restrictions as needed.

The source said: “Councils will be able to impose lightning lockdowns where they see fit.”

Expected new powers for councils will included the ability to shut pubs and cafés without Government permission.

The “lightning lockdowns” will be part of a major boost to Britain’s coronavirus defences.

Mr Johnson is also expected to announce a huge target of 500,000 tests a day by the end of October.

The testing ramp up will come along with a campaign urging Britons to get tested, and to use walk-in testing sites.

An extra £3 billion will also be given to the NHS to make sure they are “battle-ready” for any winter spikes in coronavirus cases.

A Downing Street spokesman said that the new measures will be to ensure that the UK is able to react to any resurgence in COVID-19.

The spokesman said: “Thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of the British people, the virus is under control and we have eased restrictions in a cautious, phased way.

“But the Prime Minister is clear that now is not the time for complacency.

“We must make sure our NHS is battle ready for winter.”

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The announcement follows anger from Leicester locals over the Government’s handling of the city’s partial lockdown.

Leicester was the first UK city to be plunged back into lockdown after a surge in coronavirus cases in June.

Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicester Mayor, savaged Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s decision to leave the city in partial lockdown, and accused him of “party politics” by penalising Leicester’s economy.

He said: “They have chosen to focus on the city geographical area – effectively the area of the county that votes Labour and that’s just scandalous.

“If they were going to alter the boundary, they should have gone down to the area that they now know where the virus is.”

Mr Hancock announced that from July 24, Leicester will be able to reopen some shops and schools.

The Health Secretary said: “I hope these careful easing of restrictions will provide some comfort to the people of Leicester and Leciestershire.

“I say this directly to the people… I pay tribute to you.

“You have all shown respect for one another.”

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