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Boris Johnson to force pubs and restaurants to shut in 14-day ‘circuit breaker’

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Boris Johnson is set to order businesses including pubs and restaurants to close for two weeks during the half-term.

The Prime Minister is "at least 80 percent" to impose the "circuit breaker" lockdown in another U-turn at the end of next week, a source claimed.

He is reportedly considering the move if his three-tier system – in force from today – fails following calls to impose it from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

It is reported a decision will be made at the end of next week in time for the half-term school holiday.

Downing Street sources said a "circuit breaker" has not been taken off the table with one saying the likelihood of the U-turn is "at least 80 per cent".

A Tory MP told the Express that the October half-term felt like the "obvious time" for a clampdown.

Meanwhile, a paper by members of the SAGE advisory group, obtained by The Times and due to be published today, shows a two-week full lockdown could save thousands by the end of the year.

With stay-at-home orders and school closures from October 24, the breaker could reduce deaths for the rest of the year from about 19,900 to 12,100, the paper states.

It goes on to say, hospital admissions could be reduced from 132,400 to 66,500.

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While a limited lockdown, with schools and shops open but hospitality venues closed, could cut deaths to 15,600, it adds, according to The Times.

But the PM may well favour different regional circuit breakers instead after he described another UK-wide lockdown as a "nuclear deterrent".

It is the first time Sir Keir has confirmed Labour would support a circuit breaker after laying out an alternative plan during a press conference on Tuesday.

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He said: "If we don’t, we could sleepwalk into a long and bleak winter.

"That choice is now for the Prime Minister to make. I urge him to do so."

Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, meanwhile, said current restrictions had led to a record number of redundancies.

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Labour’s Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is also demanding a circuit break, warning the tiered restrictions would put the North on a "path to hardship for people, redundancies and business failure".

It comes as Greater Manchester and Lancashire wait to learn whether they will be reclassified into the most severe local lockdown tier.

An emergency 'gold summit' meeting is expected to take place on Wednesday after a major rise in coronavirus cases.

If the two areas are moved up, around 3,100 pubs and 475 gyms could be ordered to completely close for at least a month, devastating tens of thousands of livelihoods.

The daily death toll yesterday rose above 100 for first time in four months — taking the total to 43,018.

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