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.

Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, 11:20 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, 1:00 pm

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.

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Boris Johnson walks to Downing Street after attending a cabinet meeting at the FCO. Picture: Peter Summers/Getty Images

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.

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: Monday, 21 September, 2020, 17:02

  • 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 Hampshire coronavirus figures

MoD workers ‘face pay cut or sacking'

Workers at Ministry of Defence sites have been told they must take a pay cut – or face being sacked, a union has said.

More than 500 workers employed by ESS, part of Compass Group, are being faced with cuts in their working weeks and reductions in working hours.

Cooks and cleaners at sites including HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Fort Blockhouse in Gosport, and HMS Excellent in Portsmouth, stand to lose up to £1,200 a year.

The company is calling for employees to agree to being paid for 49 or 50 weeks a year, rather than 52.

Prime Minister to give televised briefing this evening

Boris Johnson is set to address the nation this evening in a televised address, to give an update 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.

Boris Johnson walks to Downing Street after attending a cabinet meeting at the FCO. Picture: Peter Summers/Getty Images

8 more cases in Portsmouth

41 new cases have been reported in Hampshire – in the county council area, in Portsmouth, in Southampton and the Isle of Wight – over the last 24 hours.

Eight more cases were reported in Portsmouth.

Police break up party in Southsea

How Covid cases have spread across Hampshire

Cases of coronavirus are rising in Hampshire, but so far have largely been contained to a few areas within the county.

In the week ending September 16 - the most recent figures available - there are 8 areas of Hampshire which had more than two reported cases.

Fratton West and Portsea had 5 confirmed cases of coronavirus between September 10 and September 16. Picture: arcgis

Latest UK-wide figures released

4,368 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 398,625.

11 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus. There have now been 41,788 deaths linked to coronavirus since the pandemic started. 

BREAKING: Museum staff facing redundancy

Dozens of staff at the National Museum of the Royal Navy have been told they face redundancy as the charity struggles to cope with a huge slump in cash.

The heritage organisation closed all its sites during the coronavirus pandemic, creating a £6.25m black hole in its finances.

The charity dodged filing for insolvency last month after chancellor Rishi Sunak agreed a £5.3m bailout from the treasury’s coffers.

But despite the support from the government, the museum said it was still battling to recover from losing out on ‘60 per cent’ of its annual admissions income.

Delayed Covid app will not have automatic contact tracing

The delayed NHS Covid-19 app being launched in England and Wales on Thursday will not provide the automatic contact-tracing ability that was first promised, Downing Street said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: 'It will be there to check and report symptoms, book a test, find out if you have tested positive or not and if you need to self-isolate.

‘You will be able to check the risk level of your local area and it will provide for the QR code check-in on entry to various premises with your phones, instead of having to fill out a check-in box or anything else to provide your contact details.’

It is ‘not the intention’ to make downloading the app mandatory but ‘it will be backed by a social media campaign pointing out the role it can play in helping to check and report symptoms and to help keep yourself, your loved ones and your friends safe’.

Manual contact tracing will continue to be carried out by the NHS Test and Trace operation.

Hampshire area with the highest infection rate named

Havant is the Hampshire area with the highest coronavirus infection rate over the last week, new figures show.

The borough had 18 new cases in the week ending September 17, at a rate of 14.3 cases per 100,000 people.

This has more than doubled from the previous week when the rate was 7.1.

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