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'We must act' to prevent second lockdown, Boris Johnson - UK Government Briefing 🔴 @BBC News - BBC
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said "we must act" to avoid another lockdown as virus cases rise in England. He set out a new "rule of six", restricting gatherings to a maximum of six people, enforced by police able to issue fines or make arrests. Mr Johnson also outlined a "moonshot" plan to control the virus with mass testing, possibly by next spring. It comes as the UK reported another 2,659 coronavirus cases, the fourth day running of over 2,000 reported cases. "I want to be absolutely clear, these measures are not another national lockdown. The whole point of them is to avoid a second national lockdown," Mr Johnson said.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to the lectern in Downing Street to deliver a coronavirus briefing. He was joined by chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, and chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.

So, what did he and his scientific advisers, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, say?

Cases have risen sharply in recent weeks, especially among 17- to 21-year-olds
The rise is not limited to a few local areas but has been seen across the country
The PM said it was "time to act" and introduced new measures in England from Monday, including "the rule of six" to limit the number of people who can gather together
There will be exemptions, such as for weddings and funerals, as well as in gyms and restaurants, but fines will be introduced for all those who break the rules
Hospitality venues will be legally required to collect contact details from customers, or face fines
Johnson also confirmed the government was working on a "moonshot" mass testing plan for tests that can give results in less than 20 minutes
There will be a pilot on entertainment venues in Salford next month so people who test negative on the door can go and see shows
He hopes to roll this out nationally, but we will need to wait for the results.

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