BORIS Johnson will hold an emergency press conference tonight to address a growing crisis over the new covid strain.
The new strain is currently ravaging south east England and is believed to be 70% more infectious than normal, causing vast swathes of Europe to close their borders with the UK.
France is among the countries to pause transport connections, sparking fears of food shortages and even concerns over covid vaccine delivery now that Britain’s main trade artery has been severed.
The Prime Minister will address the country at around 5pm today, having chaired a Cobra crisis meeting earlier today.
You can watch the PM’s speech here, live on this page at 5pm, by clicking on the video link above.
In the meantime you can follow all the latest news and analysis of the new covid crisis in our live blog below.