Boris Johnson is considering putting the North on lockdown to deal with rising coronavirus infections, it’s claimed.

Reports say the Prime Minister is mulling his options as cases skyrocket in parts of England, with local lockdowns appearing to fail to stop it.

Mr Johnson is facing growing criticism on all sides for his handling of the pandemic, with many claiming rules are either ineffective or too complicated to keep track of.

It comes as the UK recorded another huge number of infections on Tuesday, with 12,594 more positive results bringing the nation’s total to around 530,000.

World Health Organisation hopes vaccine may be ready ‘by the end of this year’

A vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by year-end, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday.

“We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope,” Tedros said in final remarks to the WHO’s Executive Board, without elaborating.

Nine experimental vaccines are in the pipeline of the WHO’s COVAX global vaccine facility that aims to distribute 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.