Boris Johnson could announce plans for a national lockdown until December - according to new reports.

England could be put into new national restrictions which would see all but essential shops close.

School, universities and nurseries are also expected to stay open.

The Mirror is tonight (October 30) reporting the PM met with senior MPs for crunch talks this afternoon.

It is reported that he met with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and Health Minister Matt Hancock.

It is believed they came to the conclusion that due to the pressure being put on hospitals, more severe restrictions of freedoms are necessary.

Mr Johnson's reluctant conclusion was that a full national lockdown for England until December was necessary.

Jonathan Van Tam, the deputy chief medical officer, told ministers on Thursday morning that the virus is "out of control".

It is likely that everything but essential shops, nurseries, universities and schools will be shut.

The PM is expected to hold a press conference on the matter on Monday.

"The data is really bad," a source told The Times.

"We are seeing coronavirus rising all over the country and hospitals are really struggling to cope."

Today saw the biggest jump in figures for a Friday since May.

The Government said a further 274 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday. This brings the UK total to 46,229.

Another 24,405 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus have also been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 989,745.