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Boris Johnson Freedom Day announcement: What time is the PM’s speech today, Monday, July 19?

BORIS Johnson is poised to address the nation as Freedom Day for England arrives.

The Prime Minister will give his announcement via video link as he is currently in self-isolation at Chequers.

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What time is Boris Johnson’s announcement today?

Boris Johnson’s speech today takes place at 5pm from his grace-and-favour mansion in Buckinghamshire.

Instead of the speech being given in Downing Street Johnson will address the nation from the Prime Minister’s country home of Chequers where he is currently self-isolating.

Today’s press conference will be the first since the start of the pandemic not to be entirely held in Downing Street.

Top boffins Jonathan Van Tam and Patrick Vallance will be patched in from the No9 briefing room – but the PM will be in a stately room in Chequers.

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What is the PM expected to say?

Nothing so far has been confirmed by Downing Street although Johnson has a number of burning issues that need addressing.

Top of that list is the fixing of the “pingdemic” as more than a million people are forced to spend Freedom Day in isolation.

There are demands that Test and Trace isolation is immediately ditched for the double-jabbed as businesses face crippling staff shortages caused by the pinging of close contacts of those with Covid.

Tens of thousands are deleting the NHS app that pings close contacts of any positive case after a cases spike meant huge numbers, particularly in cities, were being forced to self-isolate at home despite no symptoms.

He is also likely to reiterate his plea to Brits to remain “cautious” as lockdown comes to an end with Freedom Day.

In a video message yesterday Johnson said: “Tomorrow [Monday] we’re going into step four, we’re doing a big opening up.

“And that’s quite right. If we don’t do it now, then we’ll be opening up in the Autumn and Winter months when the virus has the advantage of the cold weather.

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“If we don’t do it now, we have to ask ourselves, when will we ever do it. So this is the right moment.

“But we’ve got to do it cautiously. We’ve got to remember that this virus is sadly still out there. Cases are rising, we can see the extreme contagiousness of the Delta variant.”

He added “So please, please, please be cautious and go forward tomorrow into the next step with all the right prudence and respect for other people.”

England’s Freedom Day comes amid the UK’s soaring infection rate – and the threat of further lockdowns – but Johnson has given the green light to the easing of most restrictions.

How can I watch it live?

It will air live on BBC News and Sky News.

You can also watch the live stream on The Sun website.

If you miss it, it will be made available on BBC iPlayer shortly after it is broadcast.

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