Coronavirus: Boris Johnson to make statement to the country at 8.30pm

The appearance comes as members of the government warn of tougher measures to force people to carry out social distancing.

The prime minister has cancelled his daily coronavirus news conference and will instead make a “statement to the country” tonight at 8.30pm.

Boris Johnson is understood to be chairing an emergency COBRA meeting this afternoon.

It comes after he warned the UK is heading towards a lockdown