Boris Johnson announces second national lockdown with pubs and gyms to shut

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Boris Johnson has announced England will enter a national lockdown from Thursday (November 5), the second countrywide lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic.

Today he announced the national lockdown will last just shy of four weeks, ending on December 2, with pubs, bars and restaurants closing and takeaway service permitted only.

Under the new rules, educational settings will remain open, including schools, universities and nurseries, in a bid to not increase negative impact of learning, which was hindered during the tough restrictions in the first wave.

Non-essential shops will also close, and individuals are only permitted to leave their home for specific reasons, including education, exercise, with your own household or bubble, and to shop for food and essentials.

People will also be allowed to leave to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer, attend medical appointments or to escape injury, harm and domestic abuse.

Two people from separate households can meet in a public place, adhering to social distancing rules. But only one person from one household or bubble can meet another individual, from a different bubble or household.

The news comes as the NHS struggles to keep the number of coronavirus patients out of hospital, and infections in the community increasing.

It was also announced that the Rule of Six no longer applies to outside gatherings during the new national lockdown.

Places of worship will remain open for private prayer, playgrounds will stay open and there is no limit to the number of times a day you can exercise.

Click and collect services can continue, and essential shops, including food, will stay open during the month-long lockdown.

Hairdressers and barbers will be ordered to shut.

Childcare bubbles, and informal childcare for kids under 14, will remain as they are and shielding will not resume.

Boris Johnson was accompanied with Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance who gave a bleak view of the Covid cases in the UK.

SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) have been advising government officials throughout the pandemic, and reportedly previously called for tougher restrictions in order to 'save Christmas'.

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Scientists have warned if a short circuit break lockdown is not implemented, the UK could see a further 85,000 people die from Covid-19, and up to 100,000 infections per day, during the winter period.

They claim the peak of the second wave could hit around the festive season.

Professor Calum Semple has warned that coronavirus is "running riot".

Speaking in a personal capacity, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "For the naysayers that don't believe in a second wave, there is a second wave.

"And unlike the first wave, where we had a national lockdown which protected huge swathes of society, this outbreak is now running riot across all age groups."

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