Boris Johnson is set to make a statement tonight regarding coronavirus restrictions following escalating case numbers.

The Prime Minister will address the nation tonight in a televised statement at 8pm tonight (January 4) to discuss the current coronavirus situation.

It is understood that Number 10 is adamant further steps need to be taken to contain the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the country.

Parliament is also being recalled from Wednesday (January 5).

A No 10 spokesman said: “The spread of the new variant of Covid-19 has led to rapidly escalating case numbers across the country.

“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.”

It is expected that Tier 4 restrictions will be imposed everywhere in England and schools will be instructed to be closed. Outdoor exercise will still be allowed.

This comes after Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced most of Scotland will be placed in lockdown from Tuesday for the whole of January.

The First Minister said a legally-enforceable stay-at-home order will apply from Tuesday to areas currently under Level 4 – mainland Scotland and Skye -with exemptions in place for carers, essential shopping, unlimited outdoor exercise and being part of an extended household.

Schools and nurseries will remain closed to most pupils until February, meaning an additional two weeks of home learning for most pupils.