Boris Johnson has announced the UK must do all it can to help fight it's 'invisible enemy' as coronavirus spreads at an 'exponential rate'.

The Prime Minister addressed the nation in a televised broadcast from 10 Downing Street this evening (September 22).

Pubs, bars and restaurants across England will now be forced to close by 10pm each night.

And earlier today, Johnson warned new coronavirus restrictions could last six months, with office staff working from home and the use of face masks enforced more widely.

New curbs could continue well beyond Christmas and New Year “unless we palpably make progress” in controlling the spread of the virus.

Johnson also announced tougher enforcement measures, with businesses facing fines or closure for failing to comply with coronavirus rules, and people facing £200 penalties for failing to wear masks where required or breaching the so-called “rule of six”.

Below is a full transcript of his address:

Good evening, The struggle against covid is the single biggest struggle the world has faced in my lifetime

In less than a year, this disease has killed more than a million people and caused havoc everywhere.

Here in the UK, we mourn every person we have lost and we grieve with their families. And yet I’m more certain than ever this is a struggle humanity will win.

And we in this country will win.

To achieve what we must, I want to talk to you directly tonight about the choices we face - none of them easy.

And why we must take action now.

I know that we can success, because we have succeeded before.

When the sickness took hold in this country in March, we pulled together, out of national sacrifices and community we followed the guidance to the letter.

We stayed at home, protected the NHS and saved 1,000s of lives. And for months, with those disciplines of social distancing, we’ve kept that virus at bay,.

But we have to acknowledge this is a great and freedom-loving country. And while the vast majority have complied with the rules, there have been too many breaches, too many opportunity for our invisible enemy to slip through undetected.

The virus has started to spread again in an exponential way.

Infections are up. Hospital admissions are climbing.

We can see what’s happening in France and Spain, and we know, alas, that this virus is no less fatal than it was in the spring. And the vast majority of our people are no less susceptible.

And the iron laws of geometric progression are shouting at us from the graphs that we risk many more deaths.

Many more families losing loved ones before their time.

And I know that faced with that risk the British people will want their Government to continue to fight to protect them - you.

And that’s what we’re doing night and day.

Yet the single greatest weapon we bring to this fight is the common sense of the people themselves. - the joint resolve of the country to work together to press covid now.

So today i set out a set of tougher measures for England. Early closing for pubs, bars, table service only, closing businesses that are not covid-secure, expanding the use of face coverings and new fines that fail to comply.

Once again asking office workers to work from home if they can while enforcing the rule of six indoors and outdoors.

A tougher package of national measures, combined with the potential for tougher local restrictions for areas already in lockdown.

I know that this approach - robust but proportionate - carries the support of all the main parties in parliament.

After discussions with colleagues in the devolved administrations, i believe this broad approach is shared across the whole of the UK.

And to those who say we don’t need this stuff, and we don’t need these things, I say these risks are not our own.

The tragic reality of having covid is that your mild cough can be someone else’s death knell. And as for suggestions we should lock up the elderly and the vulnerable, with all the suffering that would entail, I must tell you that that is just not realistic.

If you let the virus rip through the rest of the population, it would inevitably find its way to the elderly as well and in much greater numbers.

That’s why we need to suppress the virus now. And as for that minority, who may continue to flout the rules, we will enforce those rules with tougher penalties and fines of up to £10,000. We will put more police out on the streets and use the Army to backfill if necessary.

Of course, I’m deeply, spiritually reluctant to make any of these impositions or infringe anyone’s freedom. But unless we take action, the risk is that we will have to go for tougher measures later. When the deaths have already mounted and we have a huge caseload of infection, such as we had in the spring.

If we let this virus get out of control now it will mean that our NHS has no space once again to deal with cancer patients and millions of other non-covid medical needs. And if we were forced into a new national lockdown , that would threaten not just jobs and livelihoods, but the loving human contact on which we all depend.

It would mean renewed loneliness and confinement for the elderly and vulnerable. It would ultimately threaten once again the education of our children.

We must do all we can to avoid going down that road again.

But if people don’t follow the rules we’ve set out, then we must reserve the right to go further.

We must take action now because a stitch in time saves nine. And this way we can keep people in work, we can keep our shops and schools open, and we can keep our country moving forward while we work together to press the irus.

That is our strategy and if we follow this process together, I am sure we can succeed . Because in so many ways we’re better prepared than before. We have PPE, we have the beds., we have the Nightingales, we have new medicines pioneered in this country that can help save lives.

And though our doctors and medical advisors are rightly worried, for now and the risks over winter, they are unanimous that things will be far better by the spring.

When we have not only have the hope of a vaccine, but I hope one day soon , of mass testing so efficient people will be tested in minutes, so they can do more of the things they love.

That’s the hope, that’s the dream. It’s attainable and we’re working as hard as we can to get there