BBC Question Time returns for special prime-time show on UK lockdown TONIGHT
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BBC Question Time host Fiona Bruce took to Twitter to announce the special show on Wednesday evening. She introduced each guest for the night and their area of expertise in the short video posted on the Question Time Twitter page. The special show will be focussing on coronavirus, the lockdown and the administering of the vaccines across the country.
Ms Bruce said: “We have got a special Question Time on tonight at 7 o’clock.
“We are all in lockdown but for how long?
“We all want a vaccine, how quickly will we get it?
“Tonight our audience will be putting forward the questions and to answer them we have the man responsible for delivering that vaccine for the Government, Nadhim Zahawi.
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“We also have the Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds.
“We have a businessman, Humphrey Cobbold, he is the man who runs Pure Gyms.
“We have Mark Walport who is on SAGE advising the Government.
“And we have Rachel Clarke who is an NHS doctor and author who is working on the frontlines.”
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This comes after Boris Johnson announced at the beginning of the week the entirety of England would go back into lockdown.
On Tuesday he held a press briefing with England’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty to go into the details of the lockdown.
The Prime Minister said: “I want to update everybody about vaccines.
“Because across this entire country today there are people, everybody, making another huge sacrifice.
“Teachers and pupils coping with online learning.
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“Businesses who have borne the brunt of successive lockdowns and, of course, the amazing staff of our NHS and our care workers who are grappling with a new variant – this new variant of coronavirus.
“And I believe that when everybody looks at the position people understand overwhelmingly that we have no choice.
“When the Office of National Statistics is telling us that more than 2 per cent of the population is now infected, that’s over one million people in England, and when today we have reported another 60,000 new cases and when the number of patients in hospitals in England is now 40 per cent higher than at the first peak in April.
“I think obviously everybody wants to be sure that we in Government are now using every second of this lockdown to put that invisible shield around the elderly and the vulnerable in the form of vaccination.”
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