Boris Johnson speech: what time is it, what will he say and how can I watch it?

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation this evening to set out how the country may start coming out of lockdown.

Sunday, 10th May 2020, 2:11 pm
Updated Sunday, 10th May 2020, 2:12 pm

Mr Johnson is expected to announce the new "stay alert, control the virus and save lives” slogan in his pre-recorded message.

Leaders of devolved countries have already rejected the new slogan and said that they will be sticking with the '"stay at home" message.

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The Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation this evening

Boris Johnson is expected to unveil a coronavirus warning system when he outlines his plans to gradually ease the lockdown while dropping the "stay home" slogan.

The Prime Minister will instead tell the country to "stay alert, control the virus and save lives" when he outlines his "road map" to a new normality.

Mr Johnson is planning to urge workers who cannot do their jobs from home to begin returning to their workplaces while following social-distancing rules.

It is understood that a warning system administered by a new "joint biosecurity centre" will detect local increases in infection rates, with the view to locally alter restrictions in England.

With the alerts ranging from green in level one to red in level five, Mr Johnson is expected to say the nation is close to moving down from four to three.

The PM will chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee with Cabinet ministers, leaders of the devolved nations and London Mayor Sadiq Khan before his address.

What time is his speech on?

His speech will be aired at 7pm.

How can I watch it?

The message will be broadcast on BBC News and Sky News.

it will also be broadcast on the radio.

What will happen after the speech?

On Monday, the Government will publish a 50-page document outlining the full plan to cautiously re-start the economy to MPs after figures suggested the overall death toll for the UK has passed 36,500.

Later this week, Mr Johnson will address the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives amid concerns that some of his MPs will be unenthused by the gradual easing.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the Downing Street briefing on Sunday that the PM would be proceeding with "extreme caution".

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