Coronavirus in Portsmouth live updates: Boris Johnson announces new Covid restrictions | 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants to be introduced | 41 more cases in Hampshire
Boris Johnson is set to address the UK this evening in a televised address, to update people on the battle against coronavirus and announce new restrictions.
It comes amid increased talk of a second lockdown, and reports that the Prime Minister is considering a number of stricter measures, in addition to the newly imposed 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants in England.
On Tuesday lunchtime he is expected to address the Commons – you can see the latest updates below.
Yesterday Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, and Sir Patrick Vallance warned the country is at a ‘critical point’ in the coronavirus pandemic.
They warned that the UK could have 50,000 cases a day by mid-October if the current trajectory continues.
More than 610 people in Portsmouth have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and 231 patients have died at QA Hospital after contracting the virus.
Eight more coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in Portsmouth in the last 24 hours.
We will have all the latest updates in our live blog below.
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Coronavirus in Portsmouth - live updates
Last updated: Tuesday, 22 September, 2020, 12:58
- Boris Johnson giving Commons statement on latest coronavirus updates and restrictions
- From Monday no more than 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions
- People working in retail, those travelling in taxis, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality except while seated at a table to eat or drink will have to wear face coverings
- PM says people should work from home if it is possible
- Rule of Six to be extended to cover indoor adult team sports
- Eight more Covid-19 cases have been reported in Portsmouth in the last 24 hours, 41 in Hampshire
Latest guidance on shielding
To those shielding, Mr Johnson added: “Following advice from our senior clinicians, our guidance continues to be that you do not need to shield, except in local lockdown areas, and we will keep this under constant review.”
Restrictions could be in place for ‘perhaps six months'
Boris Johnson said that the restrictions announced could remain in place for “perhaps six months”.
He told the Commons: “I fervently want to avoid taking this step, as do the devolved administrations but we will only be able to avoid it if our new measures work and our behaviour changes.
“We will spare no effort in developing vaccines, treatments, new forms of mass-testing but unless we palpably make progress we should assume that the restrictions that I have announced will remain in place for perhaps six months.
“For the time being, this virus is a fact of our lives and I must tell the House and the country that our fight against it will continue.”
Rule of Six to be extended
Mr Johnson said: “We will also have to extend the rule of six to all adult indoor team sports. Finally we have to acknowledge that the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events, so we will not be able to do this from 1st October and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs which are the life and soul of our communities.”
He added: “These rules will be enforced by tighter penalties… the penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will now double to £200 for a first offence.”
People should work from home if possible
Boris Johnson said people who can work from home should do so.
He told MPs: “First, we are once again asking office workers who can work from home to do so. In key public services and in all professions where home working is not possible, such as construction or retail, people should continue to attend their workplaces.”
He added: “Second, from Thursday, all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate a table service only, except for takeaways. Together with all hospitality venues, they must close at 10pm.
“And to help the police enforce this rule that means, alas, closing not just calling for last orders, because simplicity is paramount.”
Retail and indoor hospitality workers will have to wear face coverings
Boris Johnson said people working in retail, those travelling in taxis, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality except while seated at a table to eat or drink would have to wear face coverings.
BREAKING: No more than 15 people allowed at weddings
From Monday no more than 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, in a tightening of the “rule of six”.
The limit was previously 30.
Daily hospital admissions have doubled
Boris Johnson has warned daily deaths from Covid-19 will increase unless action is taken.
The Prime Minister told MPs: “In the last fortnight daily hospital admissions in England have more than doubled.
“Tens of thousands of daily infections in October would, as night follows day, lead to hundreds of daily deaths in November and those numbers would continue to grow unless we act.”
Statement starts - UK reaches ‘perilous turning point’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told MPs that the UK has reached a “perilous turning point” in its fight against coronavirus, as he urged office workers who can work from home to do so.
PM has ‘full support’ of Cabinet
Boris Johnson won the ‘full support’ of his Cabinet for the new restrictions he is set to announce to “protect lives and livelihoods” during a resurgence in the spread of coronavirus, Downing Street said.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: 'The PM chaired Cabinet where it gave its full support to the package of measures which he will be shortly announcing in the House of Commons.
'The PM said that the additional steps which will be taken in the coming days were intended to fight the virus while also protecting education and protecting the economy.
‘And the PM said the Government’s policy was to protect lives and livelihoods.’
PM statement expected shortly
Boris Johnson is set to give a statement to the Commons shortly.
We’ll have live updates for you when it begins.