The PM will make a Commons speech on Tuesday as the UK braces for tighter coronavirus restrictions

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Boris Johnson is poised to order pubs in England to bring in new 10pm closing times to curb spiralling coronavirus infections.

The Prime Minister will make a Commons speech on Tuesday, where he is expected to set out new measures to tackle the spread of the virus.

Curfews for hospitality venues are among the new restrictions coming down the track, as well as tougher enforcement for pubs that flout the rules, according to the Sun.

It comes as Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster announced tighter lockdown measures would apply across the country from Tuesday.

Indoor visits between different households will be banned except for single-person bubbles, she told a press conference.

The Prime Minister spent the weekend deciding whether to bring in tighter measures as coronavirus cases dramatically spiralled across the country.

He will update MPs on the situation on Tuesday after chairing meetings of the Government’s Cobra emergency committee and his Cabinet.

The Mirror understands the PM will also address the nation on Tuesday night, where he is expected to set out a range of new enforcement measures.

Mr Johnson also held talks with the leaders from the devolved administrations on Monday, in a sign No10 is pushing for a UK-wide approach to tightening lockdown.

It comes after the UK’s virus alert level was escalated from 3 to 4 – the first change since June.

In a joint statement, the UK’s chief medical officers said: “After a period of lower Covid cases and deaths, the number of cases are now rising rapidly and probably exponentially in significant parts of all four nations.

“If we are to avoid significant excess deaths and exceptional pressure in the NHS and other health services over the autumn and winter everyone has to follow the social distancing guidance, wear face coverings correctly and wash their hands regularly.

“We know this will be concerning news for many people; please follow the rules, look after each other and together we will get through this.”

The Government’s top scientists delivered a doom-laded address to the nation on Monday, where they warned that cases were doubling each week – potentially reaching 50,000 a day by mid-October if no action is taken.

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said the UK could see 200 or more deaths per day by mid-November if the current rate of infection continues.

And he warned that the “vast majority of the population remain susceptible” to catching the virus.


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