Boris Johnson will speak to the nation again today (Jan. 5) at 5 p.m. as he hosts a daily briefing on coronavirus.
SAGE scientists warn that lockdown is not enough to stop the spread of the new variant.
Last night, the Prime Minister plunged England into its third full lockdown during his 8 p.m. address to the nation.
He hopes the vaccination program will mean the country drop out of the program in mid-February, but Michael Gove said today it will be a “stretch”.
Instead, he has indicated that the lockdown could extend into March.
What will Boris Johnson say at 5 p.m. today?
Boris will be joined by Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance later today for his briefing on Downing Street.
It is believed that he will use the platform to try to reassure the UK public.
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He is also expected to re-discuss the new coronavirus rules and emphasize why the nation has been told to stay home.
I think the virus is different and the lockdown measures we have in place may not be enough.
Boris will most likely also detail how NHS hospitals are on the verge of being overwhelmed within 21 days.
SAGE warns that locking is not enough
The news of the press conference comes as SAGE scientists warn that Lockdown 3.0 will not be enough to control the new variant.
It is between 50% and 70% more transmissible than the original strain.
SAGE’s Professor Andrew Hayward warned on BBC Radio 4’s Today program.
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He said the British had to “actively suppress” the new strain.
Although he said the lockdown would save “tens of thousands” of lives, he warned it just wasn’t enough.
“The threat we face is at least as bad as it was in March, but I think the virus is different and the lockdown measures we have in place may not be enough.”
We have to protect the key forces
Professor Hayward said we have to “learn from the last lock”.
“During this lockdown we have to do more than just stay at home and wait for the vaccine. We have to actively take care of it.
“This time around, we really need to use this lockdown to fight the virus in a way that protects key employees,” he added.
It comes when SAGE’s Professor John Edmunds warned that the death toll could now exceed 100,000.
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