Boris Johnson to address the nation at 5pm on lockdown anniversary

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The Prime Minister will address the nation at 5pm after a minute’s silence for the 125,000 lives lost to the pandemic over the last 12 months.

Boris Johnson will lead the Downing Street press conference from the No10 podium on March 23 to mark the anniversary of the first national lockdown.

Speaking ahead of the address, the PM said the last year has taken a "huge toll" on the whole country and gave his condolences to those who have lost loved ones.

He said the anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the pat year, calling the last 12 months "one of the most difficult in history."

Mr Johnson said: "The last 12 months has taken a huge toll on us all, and I offer my sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones.

"Today, the anniversary of the first lockdown, is an opportunity to reflect on the past year – one of the most difficult in our country’s history.

“We should also remember the great spirit shown by our nation over this past year."

A year ago, the Prime Minister led a very different press conference, telling Brits Covid is the "biggest threat" the UK has faced for "decades."

He went on to say coronavirus is an "invisible killer," a chilling omen to the now 125,000 – and counting – lives lost in the pandemic.

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Mr Johnson then warned it was vital to stop the spread of the virus so the NHS doesn’t become overwhelmed, and finally asked people to stay home.

The first lockdown lasted a full four months until late June when restrictions began to lift and the government later introduced the Eat Out To Help Out scheme in August.

Eat Out To Help Out was designed to kick-start the UK's economy by re-opening hospitality venues that had been closed and offer customers the chance to buy food at 50% off.

Freedom was short-lived however, and cases spiked, forcing parts of the country back into lockdown before a second short national lockdown was implemented in November.

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