BORIS Johnson will be making a televised address at 8pm tonight and Scotland is put under another Covid-19 lockdown.

As coronavirus cases surge across the country, particularly the new variant of Covid-19. No 10 say further steps must be taken to address it and “protect the NHS and save lives”.

The statement, to be made at 8pm on Monday, will be followed by the recall of Parliament on Wednesday so MPs can debate the measures.

The move comes as Nicola Sturgeon announced Scotland will go into lockdown for the rest of January with a legal requirement to stay at home and schools closed to most pupils until February.


Earlier, during a visit to a vaccination centre in north London, Mr Johnson acknowledged there was “no question” the further measures would be necessary, as cases continue to surge across the country.

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

Restrictions in Wales are to be reviewed on Wednesday ahead of an announcement on Friday, but First Minister Mark Drakeford said it was “very hard to see room for manoeuvre” given the pressures on Wales’ hospitals.

It means we could see Wales under current restrictions until the next three-week review at the end of January.

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.

Today, the number of people in Gwent alone confirmed as having died of coronavirus has topped 700, according to Public Health Wales.