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As England prepares to head into a second national lockdown on Thursday, a review of Boris Johnson’s previous statements on the issue reveals a number of mixed messages.
The lockdown will come into force on 5 November, and is due to end on 2 December – however, Michael Gove admitted on Sunday that it may be extended if if the infection rate does not fall sufficiently.
On 23 March, the prime minister announced the first lockdown, saying:
We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to.
It is my strong and sincere hope that we will be able to review the outstanding restrictions and allow a more significant return to normality from November at the earliest.
France reported 46,290 further coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to over 1.4 million cases. Infections rose by 35,641 the previous day.
The country said 231 more people had died from Covid-19, taking the toll to 37,019.