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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation tonight to outline steps to combat the surge in Covid-19 cases currently affecting the UK

He will make the televised address at 8 p.m. before Parliament is recalled on Wednesday, Downing Street said

Pressure on the government to take swift action to control Covid-19 has increased as the virus has spread rapidly across the UK in recent weeks

A spokesman no 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. He will interpret these tonight”

Cases of infection, hospital admissions and deaths have soared to some of the highest rates seen in the entire pandemic in recent weeks as the NHS struggles to cope with the pressure of the virus

ITV’s Robert Peston said what he was told will be covered in the statement

“Schools closed. No more team games in parks, but outdoor exercise is still allowed” ”

The announcement comes a year before the day the first cases of Covid-19 were reported to the World Health Organization in Wuhan, China

In response to the announcement of the Prime Minister’s statement and Parliament’s recall, union leader Keir Starmer replied: “I hope the Prime Minister has listened to the clear calls for strict national restrictions”

He said new measures were needed to “get the virus under control, protect the NHS and make room for the vaccine to roll out as soon as possible”

It also follows an announcement by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that a national lockdown will begin north of the border in Scotland on Monday afternoon, and just hours after the Prime Minister’s spokesman said the government would “wait and see” how the die Recent changes to the levels have helped fight the virus

Former health minister and current chairman of the health and social affairs selection board, Jeremy Hunt, today called for immediate action to close schools and borders, as well as banning households from mixing to fight the virus, saying the current situation in hospitals is “out of hand.” gone “- worse than any of the four winters he oversaw as health minister

Commons spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle has approved the government’s request for the House to meet on Wednesday but has urged MPs not to physically visit Parliament unless absolutely necessary

In a message to MPs, Sir Lindsay said: “I am pleased that the public interest warrants such a callback and I have agreed to have the House meet at 11:30 am on Wednesday

“In line with my advice on the previous recall, I urge you NOT to physically come to Westminster to participate in any business unless the current critical public health situation requires it to be absolutely necessary

“Members’ staff should also work from home, and I have asked House authorities to keep House staff on the property to a minimum”

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