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Key points: Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns

Posted on December 2020 By Jamie Southwell

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​The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, returns after contracting COVID-19 for the second time this year. Hosting today's press conference accompanied by England's Chief Medical Officer, Prof. Chris Whitty.

Key points from the conference:

  • Boris is grateful to those willing to receive vaccine, stating 108,000 have already undergone the injection.

  • He is confident "we are winning and will win the struggle against the virus".

  • The Prime Minister gives the dangerously high statistics behind why London was rushed into tier 3 lockdown by saying "the number of cases in London are 270 per 1000 people".

  • Tomorrow Matt Hancock is scheduled to announce the outcome of the latest tiering review.

  • Boris made sure to remind us all that Christmas is not a time to let up, however he is aware people will want to spend time with their loved ones and wishes they would exercise cautions in doing so. He added at the end "a smaller Christmas is going to be a safer Christmas and a shorter Christmas is a safer Christmas."

  • Crowded areas should be avoided in the Boxing Day sales warns Johnson.

  • We're given a date of Easter to expect things to get better if we're following the government guidelines.

  • England's Chief Medical Officer began by telling us "we are tantalisingly close to the stage where anybody who gets into trouble as a result of this Christmas will be protected in the very near future".

  • He advises to follow a four set of rules with "keep it small, keep it short, keep it local and think of the vulnerable"

  • Before finishing, Chris Whitty answers a question about whether we will be allowed to visit care homes, by leaving the decision to the care homes themselves in consultation with the local directors of public health.

The whole conference focused on sending a clear message of whilst you can meet with those vulnerable for the holidays, you are advised to refrain from doing so until they have received the vaccine.

To read the key points from previous government coronavirus conferences click here