Boris Johnson announcement: When will the Prime Minister make his next speech - and what could he say?

With increased talk of a second lockdown, and reports that the Prime Minister is considering a number of stricter measures to replace the recently introduced rule of six, Boris Johnson is expected to address the nation early this week, to give an update on the battle against coronavirus

By Ethan Shone
Monday, 21st September 2020, 4:01 pm
Here's when Boris Johnson is expected to make his next speech to the country (Photo by Paul Ellis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Here's when Boris Johnson is expected to make his next speech to the country (Photo by Paul Ellis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Johnson has attracted criticism for shying away from the public eye at various points throughout the pandemic, but he is expected to give a televised speech this week to discuss the latest updates regarding the coronavirus, and lay out the plan to address the significant increase in cases seen in the last week or so.

This comes after the Prime Minister reportedly spent the weekend discussing the merits of a so-called “circuit-break” lockdown, which he hopes will change the course that the UK seems to be on with regard to rising cases.

A circuit-break lockdown would mean a rapid tightening of restrictions all over the country to levels not seen since the full lockdown. It is thought that this would involve schools and offices remaining open, but pubs, restaurants and much of the services sector could close down for a fortnight, or face additional restrictions and a curfew.

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When will Boris Johnson speak?

It has been confirmed that Boris Johnson will chair a Cobra Meeting tomorrow morning and will address parliament at some point later in the day.

While there has been no official confirmation as yet, the Telegraph and Politico report that Johnson is expected to speak to the public in a live speech at some point on Tuesday 22 September. Typically these addresses take place mid-morning or in the early evening.

What is he likely to say?

It is expected that Mr Johnson will speak to the nation to prepare them for some form of second lockdown, or the implementation of further restrictions aimed at stamping out the increase in coronavirus cases across the UK.

Why would he be announcing extra measures?

Reports of a forthcoming address follow comments the Prime Minister made over the weekend during a trip to Oxford, where he said there is “no question that we are now seeing a second wave.”

The most recent figures show that the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the UK has risen to 4,422, which is the highest level since early May, with estimates showing that new infections and hospitalisations are doubling approximately every week.

Mr Johnson said, “There’s no question that we are now seeing a second wave coming in. We’ve seen it in France and Spain, across Europe. It’s been, I’m afraid, absolutely inevitable that we would see it in this country.

“We want to keep the schools open - that's going to happen. I will try and keep all parts of the economy open, as far as we possibly can.

“I don’t think anybody wants to go into a second lockdown but clearly, when you look at what is happening, you've got to wonder whether we need to go further than the ‘rule of six’ that we brought in on Monday.”