Boris Johnson announcement today: Downing Street to give live briefing on coronavirus …

An announcement on the latest coronavirus restrictions and infection rates in England is to be given from Downing Street this morning (November 18).

The briefing will focus on the latest figures, showing whether the lockdown in England has had an impact on Covid infection rates, hospitalisations, admission to intensive care and deaths.

will not be leading the briefing due to being in isolation but the announcement will be lead by Dr Susan Hopkins, medical adviser with Public Health England.

As well as looking at the overall infection rate there will be break downs on how the coronavirus is spreading among different age groups and in different parts of the country heading into Christmas.

Dr Hopkins last addressed the nation on Monday (November 16), when she spoke alongside Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

At the time she said tier restrictions after lockdown ends in December will probably need to be tougher than they were before lockdown.

She said ministers would have to look at “strengthening” the tier system.

Tier 1 restrictions that covered huge parts of England had “very little effect”, she said, adding that even Tier 2 only worked in some areas.

It is likely that during today’s briefing, which will be held from 11am, Dr Hopkins will address plans for Christmas and the restrictions which could be implemented over the festive period.

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