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Boris Johnson is expected to announce later this evening that England is once again heading for another national lockdown.
In a special televised address at 8pm, the Prime Minister is due to unveil a tougher set of restrictions similar to those that were introduced last March. This will include the closure of schools – apart from special classes for the more vulnerable children – until further notice. Some reports suggested that schools will be shut until the February half-term and that the return of students to universities will also be delayed.