Covid rules update: What time is Boris Johnson's speech today, November 26?

Covid rules update: What time is Boris Johnson's speech today, November 26?

November 26, 2020

BORIS Johnson will address the nation this afternoon after being photographed in Downing Street for the first time since his 14-day self isolation.

Earlier this week the PM announced England’s latest tier restrictions coming into place after lockdown ends on December 2, and he'll reveal more about the impact later today.

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What time is Boris Johnson's speech today?

Boris Johnson is expected to speak to the nation at 5pm today (November 26).

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock spoke in the House of Commons this morning about England's new tier system.

What is he expected to announce?

Boris Johnson is due to discuss which tiers will come into force in different areas of England. 

The PM will explain local Covid-19 restrictions, having emerged from self isolation.

It will come hours after Health Secretary Matt Hancock set out which tier each local authority in England falls under.

Mr Johnson had already warned that much of England will be placed in Tiers 2 and 3 as infection rates remain high across the country. 

He announced that the second lockdown will officially end on December 2, after which each area of England will be placed in a tier.

They have been assigned Tier 1, which is medium, or 2 and 3 – high and very high.

How can I watch the speech live?

You can watch Boris Johnson's Downing Street press conference live on BBC News, BBC Parliament and Sky News on TV.

You can also watch it online here.

What Tier will I be in? 

London and Liverpool will go into Tier 2 next week and Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle into Tier 3, it has been confirmed today.

There are 31 areas in the highest level, 38 in the middle Tier 2, and just three parts of England will be under the lowest level of restrictions.

The five measures used to decide each tier are: 

  • case detection rates in all age groups
  • case detection rates in the over 60s
  • the rate infections are rising or falling
  • the positivity rate – or number of positive Covid cases as a percentage of tests carried out
  • pressure on the NHS, including current and projected bed occupancy

Areas including Hull in Yorkshire, Swale in Kent, East Lindsey in Lincolnshire and Hartlepool in the North East have all been placed in Tier 3 as they have the highest rates of infection in the country, PHE data shows.

London will return to Tier 2 after lockdown ends, with the current case rate in London set at 193 cases per 100,000.  

More than 99 per cent of the country will be in the top two tiers – and just the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the lowest Tier 1.

The Government's postcode checker crashed this morning as thousands of people tried to see what their new tiers would be.

What is the infection rate in my area? 

Find out what the infection rate is in your areas with our interactive map.

The map reveals the areas with highest infection rates in dark red, while the lighter the colour, the lower the number of cases per 100,000 of the population.

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