- PM Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new set of national restrictions in a televised address at 20:00 GMT
- It's thought people will be told to work from home and schools will close, after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases
- People in Scotland will be legally required to stay at home - except for essential purposes - from midnight tonight
- Most schools in Scotland will remain closed until 1 February
- The newly-approved coronavirus vaccine created by Oxford University and AstraZeneca is being rolled out across the UK today
- Dialysis patient Brian Pinker, 82, has become the first person to receive it this morning, at Oxford's Churchill Hospital
- Primary schools in large parts of England are re-opening, despite calls from teaching unions and some councils
- Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce new Covid-19 restrictions following a sharp rise in cases
- PM Boris Johnson has warned regional restrictions in England are "probably about to get tougher"
- Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a new national lockdown to be imposed from Monday
- India authorised two Covid-19 vaccines on Sunday, including the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab and the locally-produced Covaxin
- Globally more than 85 million cases of Covid have been reported and 1.84 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University
Welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll be bringing you all the latest developments throughout the day. Here’s a round-up of the main headlines:
- The first doses of the newly-approved Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine are to be given in the UK this morning. More than half a million doses of the vaccine are ready for use today
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned tougher virus rules may be needed in the short-term to tackle a surge in cases
- Many of England's primary schools are opening today after the Christmas holidays, with rows continuing over whether pupils should return with the current Covid restrictions
- The Scottish government will meet later to consider whether further Covid restrictions are necessary. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will then make an urgent statement to the Holyrood Parliament
- Working parents trying to balance work and childcare should be put on furlough while British schools are closed , the Trades Union Congress has urged
- Elsewhere, experts have raised concerns over India's emergency approval of a locally-produced coronavirus vaccine - known as Covaxin - before the completion of trials
'Pivotal moment' as Oxford vaccine rollout beginsThe first doses of theOxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus jab are to be given as the UK accelerates its vaccine programme to tackle a surge in cases.
Six hospital trusts - in Oxford, London, Sussex, Lancashire and Warwickshire - will begin administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab today, five days after it was approved, with 530,000 doses ready for use.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has described it as a "pivotal moment" in the UK's fight against the virus, as vaccines will help curb infections and ultimately allow restrictions to be lifted.
Most other available doses will be sent to hundreds of GP-led services and care homes across the UK later in the week, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
On Sunday more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases were recorded in the UK for the sixth day running.
Read more here.
UK papers: 'Happy New Tier' and 'Jabby Monday'
News of the Oxford vaccine rollout features on several front pages in the UK press this morning, as do warnings from Boris Johnson that a tougher tier-system of coronavirus restrictions may be needed.
"A national lockdown looms" , is the Daily Telegraph headline, while the Metro quips "Happy New Tier" .
The i expects more areas to be placed in tier four, while the Times writes Boris Johnson will make a decision on Wednesday, when figures reveal the impact of Christmas mixing.
The continuing row over the reopening of primary schools leads the Daily Mirror which describes the situation as "class chaos" .
The Sun celebrates the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine with the headline"Jabby Monday" and the Daily Express says the vaccine will give hope to tens of millions .
Read more here .
Where are schools closed in the UK?The start of the new term will be delayed by two weeks for many secondary school pupils in England.
Most primary schools in England reopen today, but schools in areas with very high rates of coronavirus infection will stay shut.
Schools in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will also open later than normal.
Secondary schools in England will stagger their return.
The plan is that pupils taking exams in 2021 will now start on 11 January, with other year groups returning in person on 18 January.
The delay is intended to give schools time to set up mass testing.
Primary schools in London, Essex, Kent, East Sussex, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire are not opening today.
See the full list of areas here.
In Wales, there will be "flexibility" at the beginning of term , with teaching due to start in most places from today. Schools are expected to offer face-to-face learning for most pupils by 11 January, with a full return by 18 January.
In Northern Ireland, primary school pupils will be taught online until 11 January . In secondary schools, years 8 to 11 will be taught online throughout January. Years 12 to 14 will return to school after the first week of January.
In Scotland, the Christmas holidays have been extended to 11 January, and the following week will be online learning only . A full return to face-to-face learning is planned for 18 January.
Tiers 'no longer strong enough' with new variant - HancockHealth Secretary Matt Hancock says the new UK coronavirus variant “makes life much harder for everybody” as it is harder to control the spread because it passes on so much faster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that tougher virus rules may be needed in the short-term.
Hancock said that the new variant means that the old tier system in England “which was clearly working is no longer strong enough”.
He says the “saving grace” is the vaccine but before that can help curb infections “we have some very difficult weeks ahead”.
'Hope to get back to normal by summer' - NHS directorProfessor Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England, has told BBC Breakfast he hopes the country may be able to get back to "normal ways of life" by the summer.
Asked if he can suggest a timeline for when people can go to restaurants or book a holiday, he said: "Like everybody, I'm hoping that when we get into the spring and into the summer we will be able to get more back towards those normal ways of life.
"But there's no doubt at the moment that infection rates are high, the NHS is under severe pressure, particularly in London and parts of the South East where the new variant has been accelerating in transmission.
"In the rest of the country we're also seeing pressures and of course the new variant has begun to spread."
Prof Powis stressed the need to follow government guidelines on social distancing.
He also described the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as a "remarkable scientific achievement".