New Covid restrictions will last ‘for some time’ and ‘get sh***er’, Tory warns

A politician has warned Brits the next phase of coronavirus restrictions will “go on for some time” – and that the country is heading back to where it was in March.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to outline a three-tier lockdown system this afternoon, October 12, with areas across England labelled medium, high or very high risk.

He will brief the House of Commons at 3.30pm before addressing the nation directly at 6pm, as the UK struggles with a dramatic rise in Covid-19 cases.

One senior Tory has warned the nation needs to “brace” for the new rules.

They told Politico: “This is the moment where we enter the next phase.

“It’s going to be really hard to stomach, it’s going to go on for some time, and if people don’t follow the rules then we may have to go further still.

“People in all areas of the country should be under no illusion, we are back to where we were in March, this is going to be sh** and it may get sh***er yet.”

No 10 earlier warned the UK is at a “critical juncture” in its fight against the virus.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “Our primary focus has always been to protect lives and livelihoods while controlling the spread of the virus and these measures will help achieve that aim.

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“We must do everything we can to protect the NHS and make sure it can continue to deliver the essential services that so many people rely on.

“This is a critical juncture and it is absolutely vital that everyone follows the clear guidance we have set out to help contain the virus.”

On October 11, England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said the UK was at a “tipping point”.

Van-Tam warned the worst is yet to come unless we “all act now”.

The UK recorded 12,872 more coronavirus cases and 65 deaths on October 11.

This marked a slight fall from the previous day, which saw 15,166 cases and 81 deaths.

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