Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hosting a press conference from Downing Street this afternoon to offer the nation an update on the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Johnson is expected to cover Covid restrictions, including the situation in Manchester, and the ongoing call for a national lockdown.
The statement comes after circuit-breaker lockdowns were announced for Wales and Northern Ireland – with shops, pubs hospitality, leisure and schools closed; travel banned and people told to work from home.
There are fears ‘Tier Three’ restrictions could be imposed across the North East, North West and Midlands – following restrictions imposed in Liverpool and Lancashire.
Scotland is to unveil new restrictions on the hospitality sector on Wednesday.
Mr Johnson is expected to start the press conference at 5pm.