Prime Minister to address the nation at 5pm on first lockdown anniversary

We are going to be turning our attentions to a Downing Street press briefing at 5pm.

Boris Johnson will be joined by chief medical adviser Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, No 10 has confirmed.

We are expecting the PM to reflect on the anniversary of the UK’s first lockdown and the significance of the deaths figures falling below the five year average for the first time since August.

There could also be questions around some of this week’s most speculated topics such as vaccine supply and summer holidays abroad.

The successful vaccination campaign and falling coronavirus death rates have failed to persuade a large chunk of voters to trust Boris Johnson’s handling of the pandemic, according to a new poll.

Some 41 per cent of those quizzed for The Independent in a survey to mark the anniversary of the first lockdown said they did not trust the prime minister to do the right thing, compared to 38 per cent who said they did trust him.

Boris Johnson has said coronavirus restrictions are being eased “once and for all” as the UK marks the anniversary of the first national lockdown.

But with Europe rates increasing, will we be back in lockdown again?

The Prime Minister offered his “sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones” and praised the “great spirit” displayed as the nation is encouraged to take a minute’s silence in remembrance at midday on Tuesday.

With the official Covid death toll passing 126,172 deaths, Mr Johnson has warned a third wave of cases being seen in France and Italy could “wash up on our shores as well”.

He will face lockdown-sceptics on the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs in an attempt to calm unease over his plan to ease restrictions ahead of a Commons vote later this week.

But they are likely to be further angered by proposals to legally require care home workers to be vaccinated, and for foreign holidays to continue being outlawed until at least June 30.

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