Boris Johnson to give press conference tonight as England goes into second lockdown

BORIS Johnson will give a press conference tonight as England is plunged into a second lockdown.

Pubs, restaurants, non-essential retail and most other businesses were forced to close today and Brits were given fresh stay at home orders for four weeks.

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The PM will appear at 5pm alongside the chief exec of the NHS Simon Stevens.

Mr Johnson gave Brits a grim warning the health service would soon become overwhelmed as he announced lockdown last weekend.

He is expected to give an update this evening on the threat posed to the NHS and urge people to follow the draconian rules to stop hospitals becoming overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

MPs voted for the national lockdown measures last night, with a handful of Tory MPs rebelling and voting against the Government's shutdown.

Mr Johnson has vowed the tough rules will only last until December 2.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty told a parliamentary committee earlier this week that if the NHS did become overwhelmed it would crucially threaten the ability of all Brits to be able to access healthcare.

A doomsday presentation from Professor Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance predicted the NHS would be flooded with sick patients and unable to cope by the beginning of December if no lockdown was brought in.

One extreme forecast from the boffins said as many as 4,000 people could day a die without lockdown.

Yesterday both Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick insisted current infections justify a second lockdown to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed.

They said the tier system was not working fast enough to stop wards from becoming dangerously full.

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