Boris Johnson has addressed the nation for the first time since announcing the England-wide ban on gatherings of more than six people three weeks ago.
The Prime Minister warned that further measures may be needed in the fight against coronavirus as he said the UK has reached a "critical moment".
The UK remains on red alert for further local measures after a record high in the number of daily coronavirus cases, with health chiefs set to consider new measures next week to further restrict mixing between households in London. Merseyside is said to be one of the areas poised to join the north east under tougher restrictions which ban households mixing indoors.
It comes after a further 7,108 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded in the UK, slightly down on the 7,143 reported on Tuesday.
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