Eagle-eyed television viewers claim Boris Johnson is losing "his hair" after spotting multiple strands on the Prime Minister's shoulders when he turned to the Commons today.
The Prime Minister told MPs earlier today that "deaths are already rising" and that "the weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and will test this country's capabilities".
Then he returned to television screens tonight to delve deeper into the coronavirus lockdown for millions of Britons in his live briefing on Downing Street.
While many viewers used social media to share their shock over the worrying news, others commented on the prime minister's apparent hair loss – a symptom related to Covid-19.
Eagle-eyed television viewers claim Boris Johnson is losing "his hair" after spotting multiple strands on the Prime Minister's shoulders when he addressed the Commons today (pictured)
Viewers commented on the prime minister's apparent hair loss – a symptom related to Covid-19
The prime minister was hospitalized in April after testing positive for coronavirus and spent three nights in intensive care.
Berrio wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Boris & # 39; Hair is falling out now. What's next? & # 39; while Marc Burrows asked: "Is Boris losing his hair?"
Michael Ball added: "Is Boris losing his hair or did he let his dog sit on his jacket?"
Another Twitter user wrote: “It looked very much like Boris Johnson was going to lose his hair in Parliament today.
& # 39; Jacket was covered with hair. It's a side effect of Covid. Many suffer along with memory problems and brain fog.
The prime minister (pictured today addressed to the Commons) was hospitalized in April after testing positive for Covid-19 and spent three nights in intensive care
Many viewers used social media to share their thoughts on the prime minister's apparent hair loss
"Given these problems Covid can cause, are Johnson and Trump capable of governing?"
In August, a leading clinic reported a link between Covid-19 and hair loss after survivors complained about the disease and their locks fell out in clumps.
Specialists at the Belgravia Center in London said they noticed an increase in telogen effluvium (TE) – a condition caused by a disruption in the hair growth cycle – in patients battling the coronavirus.
TE – in which a high percentage of the anagen follicles (follicles that actively grow hair) prematurely into their resting phase via the scalp – usually follows a stressful event and is triggered two to four months later, which often causes alarms for those affected.
Other viewers perceived the Prime Minister's appearance more easily.
Gavin Hepworth said, "Did Boris quarrel with a cat before he turned to the nation? Jacket covered with hair and who knows what else."
Another viewer wrote: "You'd think Boris Johnson would at least have brushed his hair before turning to the nation about a deadly virus."
Scott Crawford added, "Boris & # 39; hair leaves his head faster than the UK from Europe."
Others asked why no one noticed the hair before starting his address.
Sukky Choongh wrote: “You know Boris' employees don't like him! I would never let my boss go on stage with a single stray hair on his collar!
Other viewers perceived the Prime Minister's appearance more easily. Gavin Hepworth said, "Did Boris quarrel with a cat before he turned to the nation? Jacket covered with hair and who knows what else?"
Someone else asked, "Doesn't anyone check him before he speaks in the chamber?"
In his briefing today, Boris Johnson warned the UK could not ignore the "blinking warnings" of growing coronavirus cases as it plunged millions of people deeper into lockdown.
The Prime Minister unveiled his new "three tier" system, stating that Liverpool will be the first area to be subject to the highest restrictions – which means pubs will be closed and households will not be mixed indoors or in gardens.
However, there was trouble when another part of the country is thrown into Tier Two. Bars are allowed to stay open, but households are not allowed to mix indoors. Many of the locations already have similar curbs, but others – like Manchester and the West Midlands – are set to tighten.
Confusingly, in some other places the rules are being relaxed as the rules are being "streamlined".
Mr Johnson insisted that he had no choice but to have the UK record an additional 13,972 Covid cases today – up 11 percent from last Monday – and said the other options were to "rip up" the virus or the To let the economy "destroy". Liverpool's case rate per 100,000 population rose 14.3 percent to 609 in the past week.
At a press conference # 10 next to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, Mr Johnson said tonight, "The numbers are flashing at us like warnings on the dashboard of a passenger plane and we must act now."
He added: None of me want to impose these kinds of restrictions, erosions of our personal freedom, but I believe, as always, that the British people have the determination to fight this virus and that together we will do just that . & # 39;
However, Prof. Whitty risked undermining the Prime Minister's finely calibrated message by pointing out that the "professional view" was that basic level three measures were "not enough" to control the virus. He urged local leaders to use the "space" in the rules to tighten restrictions.
More than 17 million people are affected by the two higher levels of risk in the new system of government, while the rest of England is subject to bars and restaurants curfew after the 6am and 10pm rule.
As of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, people in Tier 3 Liverpool are only allowed to leave the area for important trips such as work, education or health and must return before the end of the day – although the rules are more guidelines than legally enforced. They cannot mix with other households in gardens, but in public spaces outside, which are subject to the rule of six.
Boris Johnson (at a # 10 press conference tonight) is furious after finally introducing the government's new coronavirus lockdown system for traffic lights. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam (right) highlighted dismal numbers in No. 10 this morning at a press conference
More than 17 million people are affected by the two higher levels of risk in the new system of government, while the rest of England is subject to bars and restaurants curfew after the 6am and 10pm rule
Restaurants are allowed to open, but only in accordance with the curfew, and can serve alcohol as long as someone has a "substantial" meal, according to # 10. Sources insisted that this could not be just a line like a packet of chips.
When businesses are forced to close, the government pays two-thirds of each employee's salary, up to a maximum of £ 2,100 per month. A £ 28 million package is expected to be in place to help parts of the country that are classified as Tier Three. Mr Johnson said the total assistance offered would be around £ 1 billion.
Liverpool is the only area in the top tier so far and the city is going beyond the basic restrictions by closing leisure centers, gyms, betting shops and casinos. Mr Johnson hinted that other hotspots were resisting and wiped out that it would be "unforgivable" not to consent to the raids.
Tier Two includes Greater Manchester, which was rescued from the tallest curbs after frantic lobbying by Mayor Andy Burnham and local MPs, as well as the North East, West Midlands, Nottingham and Leicester.
London is not expected to be in the second stage right away, but Sadiq Khan's spokeswoman warned that it could happen "this week" after a conference call with district leaders. Londoners should understand that this could change very quickly – possibly even this week.
Some places, like Oldham and Warrington, will actually relax their restrictions as households cannot mix in gardens right now. No10 has promised a full breakdown of restrictions across England will be released later.
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