Time confirmed for Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcement

Boris Johnson will lead a coronavirus Downing Street press briefing this afternoon (February 15), addressing the initial steps for the country to be brought out of lockdown.

It has been reported that the Prime Minister will outline more details about current lockdown rules, and what the first steps of lifting restrictions will be.

The Conservative leader is expected to confirm that pupils will return to schools on March 8 in a staggered way, according to The Sun.

It is also likely that the PM will give updated coronavirus figures since he confirmed that the UK was “passed the peak” of infections.

Additionally, it is expected that he will also announce that the government has met their target of vaccinating all those in the top four priority groups with their first jab.

As of February 13, 15,000 people have been given their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and over 537,000 have been given their second dose.

The next round of vaccinations will be the over 60s and the clinically vulnerable.

In this afternoon’s briefing, it is not yet known who will stand alongside the Prime Minister.

It is expected that Boris Johnson will address the nation and answer questions from the press and public later today at 5pm.

You can watch the briefing live here.

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