Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to provide an update on the Covid-19 situation and Brexit during the BBC The Andrew Marr Show this morning

His appearance comes at a critical time as pressure mounts on the government to shut down schools on Monday April 4th January to keep closed as positive coronavirus cases continue to rise

Fears across the country are that if schools reopen as currently planned, cases will overwhelm the NHS

The Prime Minister will be on the BBC One show and will be asked about Covid-19, Brexit and many other topical issues

Mr Johnson’s appearance on the BBC show comes the day after the UK sees one of its biggest spikes in new cases in 24 hours 57275 people tested positive for the deadly virus

Andrew Marr is a former BBC Political Editor interviewing key people relevant to the world’s biggest news

Today’s discussion is also likely to include details of how many areas of the country are spiraling out of control, including Hertfordshire, London, Essex and many other places in eastern England

To put on pressure, a teachers’ union has asked the government to postpone the opening of schools for another two weeks to prevent them from closing again later this month

The joint general secretary of the National Education Union, Dr Mary Bousted said the union believes the reopening of schools could lead to another spike in cases and put even more strain on the already overwhelmed NHS

Mr Johnson will be speaking on the show soon and we’ll be providing live updates with everything he says and more

During his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister warned that stricter measures may be required in the coming weeks

With this information, the next upcoming animal review, which Boris Johnson has also hinted to be tougher, could be critical

The review date is on or around the 13th January and more action could be taken if the UK Covid situation continues to worsen

Read the full story about the upcoming animal review and what it could mean for the UK here

This morning the Prime Minister spoke about the current situation of Covid in the UK, the controversial decision to send children back to school, vaccine developments and much more

Here is a recap of all the major things the Prime Minister said live on the Andrew Marr Show:

The Prime Minister avoided answering whether exams could be postponed and schools closed if Covid gets worse

Tens of millions of people will be vaccinated over the next three months, and the new third vaccine is expected to receive the green light in the coming months

Boris Johnson has a clear message for parents urging them to send their children back to school tomorrow

On the BBC’s The Andrew Marr on Sunday (3 The Prime Minister said schools are safe for both students and teachers because the “risk is very, very small”

There are fears among parents and teaching unions that as schools open, the number of cases will increase, which will be disastrous for the country

When asked whether parents should send their children back to school tomorrow, the Prime Minister replied: “Yes, you should definitely do that in the areas where schools are open”

As for the vaccine, the Prime Minister spoke about the potential of a third vaccine to be available in the coming months and that tens of millions of people will be vaccinated during that period

Andrew Marr turns to the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine and asks how many doses of the newly approved batch will be ready tomorrow

The Prime Minister believes that 530000 doses of the new vaccine are ready to use, in addition to the Pfizer puffs that are already being administered

He went on to say that there will be tens of millions of vaccinations over the next three months

PM avoided speculating on stricter measures after asking if a Tier 5 with a possible curfew could be introduced

However, he said that tougher weeks might be required, and continued, “We can see how we can get out of this, but we have a difficult time ahead of us

“I stand by the fact that things will get better by spring, but we may have to do things that will get more difficult in a few weeks time.

“Until the vaccine is massively operational, we will fight the virus with the same tools”

The Prime Minister has avoided asking whether exams for secondary school students could be postponed in the next few weeks

He said: “We think in principle that we can keep schools open if we can. We have to be realistic in which case this new variant has spread and spread

“We must humble ourselves in the face of this new virus, we can see the way ahead, we can see what is the way forward for our country, we can see how we can get out of it, but we are having a difficult time in front of us

“I stand by the fact that things will get better by spring, but we may have to do things that will get more difficult in a few weeks time.

“Until the vaccine is massively operational, we will fight the virus with the same tools”

The Prime Minister has stated that it is safe to keep schools open, especially as the government will put testing systems in schools

“One of the things we didn’t have when we had to close the schools was these rapid tests that I believe and hope can be used and used in secondary schools to help schools return.” / p>

“Schools are safe, but the question is how can you prevent schools from being places where the virus can circulate and spread to all other households”

He has ruled out the possibility of schools closing later in life that a teachers union fears will happen later this month

Andrew Marr said to the Prime Minister: “SAGE informed you on March 22nd December said you can’t stay up to date on the new variant while you keep schools open “

He replied, “They said we had to take tougher action I agree I think the problem really is that you need to sort it out because the evidence isn’t clear we’re looking at Tier 4 and what’s in Tier 4 Areas is happening and we need to see that these additional steps that we have all taken in Tier 4 areas will help fight the virus

“We have to keep checking things out. We’re public health driven (not for political reasons)

“It is worth stressing that some public health experts point out the long-term harms to children who are kept out of school, the social costs, the threat to mental health and the disadvantage to families

He added, “I understand people’s frustrations and fears, but I have no doubt schools are safe. If you think about the history of the pandemic, we kept schools open”

When asked if parents should send their children back to school tomorrow, the Prime Minister replied: “Yes, they should definitely do that in areas where schools are open

“We are clearly struggling with a new variant of the virus, which is increasing particularly in London and the South East Therefore we had to take extraordinary measures for some parts to keep the primary schools temporarily closed

“(It’s) nothing anyone wants to do. We really fought really hard across the county during this pandemic to keep schools open, but there are many reasons for that Schools are safe, the risk to children and adolescents is very low as the scientists are constantly testing and the risk to staff is very low

“But of course the advantages of education are so great. Mostly we want to keep children in education, because that’s the best for them”

The Ministry of Education has stated that moving to distance learning is a “last resort” and that reopening classrooms wherever possible and as soon as possible has always been a national priority

A spokesman for the Ministry of Education said: “Children’s education has always been a national priority That is why we want the classrooms to be reopened whenever possible during the new term of office

“As mentioned earlier, as a last resort, we will move to distance learning with the involvement of public health officials in areas where infection and pressures on the NHS are greatest”

The PM is expected to appear on the Andrew Marr Show within the next half hour

An apprenticeship union has put more pressure on the government by asking them to stop reopening schools as this will “overwhelm” the NHS

The joint general secretary of the National Education Union, Dr Mary Bousted said the union believes the reopening of schools will further spike cases and put even more strain on the already overwhelmed NHS

Currently, infection rates in Hertfordshire and other Tier 4 areas are so alarming that reopening schools for children, who are “the most effective carriers of the virus,” would increase cases even more

Dr Bousted said, “We wrote to the Prime Minister before Christmas and said if you look at the infection rates in secondary school students, they are the highest infection rates in Covid and elementary school students are the second highest age range

“We know students can now spread the virus through their homes, families, and into the community They are the most effective vector of the virus

“You combine this with the fact that the new variant is up to 70% more infectious than the previous Covid virus, which was very infectious Then it is clear that we have to do something to break the chain of rising infection rates in our community “

The UK has had one of the biggest cases in 24 hours, as there were 57 yesterday275 people tested positive for the Covid-19 virus

New data from Public Health England is the weekly total for the past seven days as of Jan. December to 2 January to more than 340000 new cases

Unfortunately, another 445 people have died of Covid-19 today, with that number including deaths within 28 days of testing positive in all situations

This shows another worrying increase in cases and underscores the importance of the next government decision

There have been constant questions about whether current UK measures are sufficient, including the tier system

The Prime Minister will appear on the show for the next forty minutes, although it is not yet known how long he will be on the show

The host, former BBC Political Editor Andrew Marr, is expected to question the Prime Minister on the situation in the UK which is currently deteriorating day by day in some areas

It only comes a day after over 57000 people in the UK tested positive and unfortunately more people died

The new variant could also be discussed, which is one of the main reasons why cases are increasing at an alarming rate in some regions of the country

Soon Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak live on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One about the current situation in Covid, Brexit and the critical decision to send students back to school

The Prime Minister will be speaking on the show soon and is expected to be consulted on more important issues like the four levels and the worrying rise in certain cases

Andrew Marr

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