Covid: PM to set out 'next steps' against Covid in England

Boris Johnson pictured on Monday 4 January



Boris Johnson will make a televised address at 20:00 GMT tonight as No 10 says further steps must now be taken to address a surge in coronavirus cases.

Any new measures would tackle the rise in cases and "protect the NHS and save lives", Downing Street said.

It comes as Scotland announced a legal requirement to stay at home from midnight.

The House of Commons will also be recalled, allowing MPs to vote on any new measures on Wednesday.

Mr Johnson will set out plans for England as the UK's devolved nations have the power to set their own coronavirus regulations.

Alongside Scotland, both Wales and Northern Ireland have also implemented national restrictions.

Mr Johnson earlier said there was "no question" the government would announce stricter measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.




A No 10 spokesman said: "The prime minister is clear that further steps must now be taken to arrest this rise and to protect the NHS and save lives.

"He will set those out this evening."

new variant of coronavirus - first identified in Kent and since found across the UK and other parts of the world - has been found to spread much more easily than earlier variants.

On Sunday, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases for the sixth day in a row and an additional 454 deaths within 28 days of a positive test result were reported.










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