What is a level 5 Covid alert? Alert level raised ahead of Boris Johnson announcement

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a TV address from Downing Street at 8pm on Monday, January 4, as the UK continues to battle the covid virus. Any new measures would be focused on tackling the rise in cases, “protect the NHS and save lives”, according to Downing Street. Mr Johnson will set out plans for England as the UK’s devolved nations, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, have the power to set their own rules when it comes to Covid-19. 

The Prime Minister said there was “no question” the Government would announce stricter measures to prevent the spread of the virus. 

A Number 10 spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister is clear that further steps must now be taken to arrest this rise and to protect the NHS and save lives. He will set those out this evening.”

A new variant of coronavirus, first identified in Kent and since discovered across the country, has been found to be responsible for the spread of the virus. 

On Monday, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed cases of the virus for the seventh day in a row. 

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