He warned that the new measures, which include the early closure of pubs and restaurants from Thursday, could be in place for up to six months.
This follows a surge in coronavirus cases in recent days, which has led to localized lockdown measures in parts of northern England. Groups of more than six people are also no longer allowed to meet.
To date, the country has reported more than 400,000 coronavirus cases and 41,877 related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
– Holly Ellyatt contributed to this report
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