Boris Johnson announces four-week lockdown in England amid rising infections

England goes into a nationwide lockdown for four weeks from Thursday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson detailed new plans in a bid to combat coronavirus.

The restrictions will be in place at least until the start of December.

Johnson said there was no choice but to be “humble in the face of nature” and unless tough action is taken now the peak of mortality in the country could be even greater than the first wave triggering a “medical and moral disaster”.

Non-essential shops and leisure and hospitality venues, such as restaurants, bars and pubs, will be required to close down. Takeaways will be allowed to stay open and people can only meet one person from outside their household outdoors.

Unlike the first complete lockdown in March, schools, colleges and universities will be allowed to stay open.

The latest lockdown plans will be tabled in Parliament next week for a debate and vote by Wednesday, for them to come in effect from Thursday.

Meanwhile, the UK recorded another 21,915 confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 1,011,660.

Another 326 people were reported to have died within 28 days of a positive test this weekend, taking its death toll past 46,500.

The announcement has sparked anger from some Tory MPs, and business leaders have warned of a “bleak midwinter”.