Boris Johnson making second lockdown preparations for England, Report

Coronavirus UK Updates: Boris Johnson asked about third national lockdown at Brexit briefing
Coronavirus UK Updates: Boris Johnson asked about third national lockdown at Brexit briefing

Boris Johnson is considering new lockdown measures in England should there be a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Boris Johnson is considering reintroducing shielding – and people aged over 50 could be given ‘personalised risk ratings.’

And while the Prime Minister is trying to prevent a further nationwide lockdown that would halt the economic recovery, he is considering a local lockdown for London where coronavirus hit hardest.

That would mean no travel outside the M25.

Boris Johnson has ordered officials to work up plans to stop the country grinding to a standstill once again, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times said.

The claims come after Mr Johnson was forced to announce a slowdown of the lockdown easing on Friday, with planned relaxations for the leisure and beauty sectors delayed after a rise in Covid-19 cases was recorded.

The Times reported the Conservative Party leader held a “war game” session with Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday to run through possible options for averting another nationwide lockdown that could stall any potential economic recovery.

Under the proposals, a greater number of people would be asked to take part in the shielding programme, based on their age or particular risk factors that have been identified since March, said the Telegraph.

It could even see those aged between 50 and 70 given “personalised risk ratings”, said the Times, in a move that would add to the 2.2 million who were deemed most vulnerable and asked to shield themselves from society during the spring peak.

The advice was only lifted on Saturday for those in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and remains in place until August 16 for those shielding in Wales.


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