The Prime Minister addressed the nation at 5 pm alongside England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
It was the 100th coronavirus briefing since the pandemic hit the UK and amid reports that a final decision will come on Wednesday on whether Merseyside will join the North East with tougher lockdown measures banning households mixing indoors.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson told The Daily Telegraph it was “only a matter of days” until a more severe lockdown was imposed on the city.
He said: “For me, it is only a matter of time because the virus isn’t able to be controlled in the city with the restrictions we have now.
“We need a circuit breaker or stricter lockdown to try to stop the virus spreading.
“If we can have the severest measures of lockdown now, we may arrest the increase and start to bring it down by the end of October, so that in the lead up to Christmas we can get some normality.”
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman played down tomorrow’s press conference and said: “The purpose of that is to provide an update on the latest statistics. It is not because there is some specific set of new announcements to make.”
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