Boris Johnson speech: What time is the PM's coronavirus statement today, September 9?

IN his first No 10 press conference since July, Boris Johnson will address the nation to announce new measures to tackle coronavirus.

Information on the new clampdown will be announced today (September 9) to take effect on Monday. Here's everything about what to expect.

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What time is Boris Johnson's Commons speech today?

Boris Johnson is expected to begin the coronavirus press briefing at around 4pm.

The speech will be available to watch live on The Sun YouTube page, BBC and Sky News.

The PM will speak from The House of Commons with chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

What will he announce?

The PM will announce new clampdown measures for people meeting indoors and out.

The Government is poised to slash the number of people who are allowed to gather indoors or out to six after the number of coronavirus cases have soared for the past two days.

Under current rules, no more than 30 people can meet inside, but it will be cut down to six.

Currently, people only face fines for gathering in groups of more than 30. And they can only legally meet inside with one other household.

Under the new rules, the six people can be from different households, in an attempt to bring rules in line with outdoor gatherings.

The rules will apply from Monday (September 14) to gatherings in homes, pubs and restaurants.

And new £100 fines are also set to be announced if Brits meet in groups of more than six indoors or out, doubling for each repeat offence up to £3,200.

The anticipated changes come after alarming figures revealed there were almost 2,500 new cases in the UK yesterday — following two straight days of nearly 3,000 new infections.

The numbers were the highest since May and took the overall total of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK to 350,000-plus.

The "toughening up" of the rules is a bid to stop the virus' spread as scientists and Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that the UK was on the brink of a second Covid peak.

Mr Johnson is expected to say: “We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact — making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce.

“It is absolutely critical people now abide by these rules and remember the basics — washing hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.”

Police chiefs met the PM last week requesting the rules on social contact to be strengthened and simplified and asked for greater powers to fine young Covid flouters.

They wanted to make it easier to identify and disperse gatherings following a spike in raves and house parties among youngsters.

The announcement aims to bring in new measures that will put a halt to rising cases which could trigger a second national lockdown.


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