Boris Johnson announcement: What time is the PM's speech tonight, Friday, May, 14?May 14, 2021
BORIS Johnson has vowed to take "whatever action" is necessary either "regionally or nationally" to squash the Indian Covid variant.
So could the latest battle over a mutant strain cause the next steps out of national lockdown to falter? The PM is set to explain the latest.
What time is Boris Johnson's announcement tonight?
Boris Johnson will address the nation from No10 tonight, Friday May 14,at 5pm after cases of the new Covid strain more than doubled over the past week.
What is Boris Johnson expected to announce?
The PM is expected to talk about our roadmap to freedom, and whether there are any potential pitfalls in light of the Indian coronavirus strain hitting some areas.
He will be joined at the podium by chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
Yesterday, the PM admitted to being "anxious" about the mutation and said new measures might be needed in hotspots where it has emerged.
And he refused to rule out the possibility that the final stage of the roadmap on June 21 may have to be delayed.
But scientists have said they're confident the current crop of vaccines is effective against the variant.
Britain's long-awaited 'Freedom Day' is now in serious doubt, with scientists and Boris Johnson's former adviser Dominic Cummings among those calling for it to be postponed.
Epidemiologist Professor Paul Hunter said Brits now face a nail-biting wait for data on exactly how serious the current outbreaks are and how many people end up dead or in hospital.
"The big question is how many people who are getting the Indian variant will end up requiring hospitalisation," he told Radio 4's Today programme.
How can I watch Boris Johnson's speech live?
The conference is being broadcast at 5pm through various formats.
Viewers can watch the presser on the Sun's official YouTube channel.
In addition, The Sun's coronavirus liveblog provides updates and reports on what is being said during the briefing.
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