Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will have to close at 10pm from Thursday, it will be announced today.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the House of Commons at 12.30pm, followed by a TV address at 8pm to unveil new measures to tackle the rise in COVID-19 cases.
It is understood a range of new measures will be brought in by the Government, including table service only at venues and people being urged to work from home if they can.
The UK’s coronavirus alert level has been upgraded from three to four, meaning transmission is ‘high or rising exponentially’, the Government’s chief medical officers said, which requires enforced social distancing.
The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Cumbria increased by 51 over the weekend, official figures show.
Public Health England figures show that 3,289 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am yesterday in Cumbria, up from 3,238 the same time on Friday.
The health body is now including Pillar 2 tests – those carried out by commercial partners – alongside Pillar 1 tests, which are analysed in NHS or PHE laboratories and which made up the first stage of the Government’s mass testing programme.
The rate of infection in Cumbria now stands at 658 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 611.
Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 12,689 over the period, to 398,625.
Cumbria’s cases were among the 69,450 recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 3,740 over the period.
Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.