Boris Johnson announces four-week national Covid lockdown in England

Restrictions in place from Thursday are needed to tackle coronavirus spread, PM says

A second national lockdown will be imposed across England on Thursday with all nonessential shops, restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities to close for at least four weeks, Boris Johnson has said.

The prime minister dramatically escalated the country’s response to the pandemic in a press conference on Saturday evening, telling the public that “we must act now to contain this autumn surge”, with measures due to remain in place until 2 December.

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