Have your say: When will the UK return to 'normal'?

Ross McGuinness
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A woman watches Prime Minister Boris Johnson making a televised address to the nation from 10 Downing Street, London, setting out new emergency measures to control the spread of coronavirus in England.
Prime minister Boris Johnson announced England's new lockdown to the nation on Monday evening. (PA)

The whole of the UK is back under a coronavirus lockdown.

England and Scotland joined Wales and Northern Ireland by introducing national restrictions on Tuesday.

Announcing England’s new lockdown on Monday evening, prime minister Boris Johnson warned the coming weeks could be the “hardest yet” of the pandemic.

The UK reported more than 50,000 daily coronavirus cases on Monday for the seventh day running, while hospital admissions have passed the level of the peak last April.

Johnson said hospitals were under “more pressure from COVID than at any other time since the start of the pandemic”.

According to the government, people must remain inside except for essential medical need, shopping for food, exercising once a day or working if it cannot be done from home.

Schools have been closed to most pupils in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Read more: What you can and can’t do under new lockdown in England

Watch: Boris Johnson announces new lockdown in England