05 January 2021 04:30
Last updated: Monday 4th January The Prime Minister will be addressing the nation tonight following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases between Christmas Day and 2nd January amid new COVID-19 strain discovery. The announcement comes after the UK's coronavirus death toll hit 75,024, with 454 of those deaths recorded yesterday, and a further 54,990 people testing positive. Currently, there are 33 per cent more COVID-19 inpatients in English hospitals than during the first peak back in April. It is likely that today's address will confirm new, tougher restrictions for England, with speculation about another national lockdown. Scotland has already issued a stay at home order, with a full national lockdown in place as of midnight tonight and schools closing until February.