A NATIONWIDE lockdown is expected to be announced next week as government scientists revealed “grim” data.
Insiders said Boris Johnson is likely to announce new nationwide curbs that will come into effect by the end of the week.
The projections predict NHS beds will become overwhelmed with Covid patients.
Government medics have warned that some hospitals may not even have enough staff to cope with the extra patients on top of the normal winter strains on the NHS.
The nationwide lockdown is believed to be a measure to help Brits have as normal a Christmas as possible.
Pubs, bars and restaurants face being closed for weeks under the clampdown — which the Government is determined to avoid calling a new lockdown.
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