THE Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation this evening on the one year anniversary of the first national lockdown.

The PM will adress the nation as he leads the Downing Street press conference at 5pm on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for No 10 confirmed the PM will be joined by the chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and MHRA chief executive Dr June Raine.

It comes as today marks exactly one year since the PM ordered the first national lockdown on March 23, 2020.

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Ahead of the 5pm address, the PM said reflected with Cabinet ministers on “a very dark and difficult year” for the nation on the anniversary of the first lockdown.

A spokesman for No 10 said: “The PM began Cabinet by reflecting on what he said had been a very dark and difficult year for our country.

“The PM said that we mourn all those we have lost and send our deepest sympathies to their families, friends and loved ones.

“The PM said the last year had also shown the great strengths of the British public, which had demonstrated such resilience and fortitude, and had shown such willingness to work together for a common good.”

The Prime Minister and his Cabinet also were said to have paid tribute to the “extraordinary service” of NHS and social care workers, as well as those in the public sector.

He also praised the “absolutely astonishing achievement” of British scientists and businesses in developing a vaccine and delivering it to half the adult population within a year.