Coronavirus news live – Johnson to 'impose national lockdown' as furlough ends

Boris Johnson is reportedly preparing to impose a national lockdown from as early as Wednesday – and will be holding a coronavirus press conference today 5pm.

The restrictions could see everything except nurseries, schools, universities and essential shops close across England until Dec 1, according to The Times.

Meanwhile, the current furlough scheme, which has provided financial support for one in every 13 workers in the UK, ends today.

The furlough scheme will be replaced with the less generous Job Support Scheme tomorrow, November 1.

The news comes as the UK recorded another 274 coronavirus deaths and 24,405 new cases yesterday.

The total death toll now stands at 46,229, and there have been 989,745 official cases – jumping by 31% in just one week, and very near the 1 million mark.

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