The Prime Minister is expected to answer questions alongside the Government’s top scientists amid confusion over new rules

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Amid confusion around new rules for millions of people in the North-East of England, the Prime Minister is expected to give an update on the Government’s response on Wednesday.

He will be accompanied by the Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and the Chief Medical Officer Professor Christ Whitty, No10 has confirmed.

The news conference will be focused on the latest numbers, rather than an announcement of new lockdown measures.

The PM’s official spokesman said: “The purpose of that is to provide an update on the latest statistics.

Members of the public will also be able to ask questions of the Prime Minister, alongside journalists.

Daily Downing Street press conferences were a major feature of the early stages of the pandemic, but the briefings were scrapped in the summer.

It comes as Mr Johnson was accused of being “grossly incompetent” by Labour after he mangled his own coronavirus rules.

Questioned by a journalist after a major speech, the Prime Minister wrongly suggested the “rule of six” only applies indoors.

In fact, gatherings of more than six people are banned both indoors and outdoors in England.

Mr Johnson was also unable to set out further detail on how a new legal ban on household meet-ups for the North East of England will work in pub beer gardens or outdoor terraces – which comes into effect at midnight.

Deputy┬áLabour┬áleader Angela Rayner said: “For the Prime Minister to not understand his own rules is grossly incompetent.

“These new restrictions are due to come into force across huge parts of the country tonight.


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