Boris Johnson begs Brits to stay home this weekend in new Covid warning

BORIS Johnson has begged for Brits to stay home this weekend, urging everyone to "think twice" before leaving the house.

The PM vowed Britain would eventually beat Covid "jab by jab", but warned people the nation is still facing a perilous situation.

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Mr Johnson said: "We've already vaccinating hundreds of thousands more people than any other country in Europe.

"But until the job is done, we must keep this virus under control."

The PM reiterated the message that one in three people can carry coronavirus without any symptoms, branding them "silent spreaders, unwittingly infecting others."

"That could, I'm afraid, be you."

Mr Johnson added: "It's safest to assume you have Covid, so please, really think twice before leaving the house this weekend."

Mr Johnson is also set to give a press conference this evening, after the UK hit the massive vaccine milestone of dishing out 3 million doses of the jab.

The PM will be flanked by his top experts, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.

He has vowed to vaccinate 13 million people in the top four most vulnerable categories in order to start relaxing the lockdown.

The nation is also on tenterhooks for an update on the new Brazil variant – which caused a flight ban to come in overnight.

Flights have been cancelled between the UK and Portugal, along with all of South America – and only British citizens or those with residence rights will now be allowed in.

Public Health England and Porton Down labs are looking at the new Brazil strain – which Boris Johnson said was "concerning earlier this week – and are expected to give an update later, which may form part of the press conference.

 

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