Boris Johnson will be making a televised address to the nation today, Downing Street has confirmed.
Mr Johnson is expected to outline a new set of coronavirus rules and restrictions for England after the number of infections “rose rapidly” from new strains of the virus.
The news from the Prime Minister’s last minute address comes minutes after Nicola Sturgeon announced that Scotland would be locked again for the rest of January.
The First Minister outlined the measures due to come into force on Tuesday and told the MSP in Holyrood: “It is no exaggeration to say that I am more concerned about the situation we are facing now than I have been since March last year. “
Speaking of Boris’ speech, spokesman # 10 said: “The spread of the new variant of Covid-19 has led to a rapid escalation in the number of cases across the country.
“It is clear to the Prime Minister that further steps must be taken now to halt this rise, protect the NHS and save lives.”
Boris will make his announcement at Tonight at 8 p.m. , Monday 4th January.
The rules he announced only apply to England.
Earlier, during a visit to a vaccination center in north London, Mr Johnson admitted that there was “no question” that further action was needed as cases continue to rise across the country.
The latest data shows a 41% increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in hospital in England between Christmas and January 3. These numbers have raised alarms in Whitehall and the healthcare sector.