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BORIS Johnson : The PM will address the nation this evening to lay out the government’s plans to curb the spread of the virus amid a sustained rise in cases.

It comes as Sadiq Khan urged Londoners to wear masks in pubs and restaurants – as the coronavirus alert level rose to four yesterday.

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned that the country could see 200 daily deaths in just weeks as part of the second wave this winter.

Meanwhile, cases yesterday rose to 398,625 and deaths rose by 11 to 41,788.

Speaking to Sky News ahead of the statement, Michael Gove said there would be a “shift in emphasis” and “if it is possible for people to work from home they should do so”.

“They are reluctant steps that we’re taking, but they’re absolutely necessary because as we were reminded yesterday and as you’ve been reporting, the rate of infection is increasing, the number of people going to hospital is increasing, therefore we need to act,” Mr Gove told Kay Burley.

The clampdown, which will include the whole of the hospitality sector being restricted by law to table service only, comes after government medical chiefs raised the COVID-19 alert level.

While the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants will dismay the hospitality industry, there will be relief that the government is not proposing a total shutdown, although that could happen in some coronavirus hotspots.