Almost two million people in north-east England are expected to face local restrictions as coronavirus cases rise.
Areas including Newcastle, Sunderland and County Durham are due to be put under the new measures.
These are expected to include restrictions on households mixing and pubs being ordered to close earlier.
the Sun: “The only way to make sure the country is able to enjoy Christmas is to be tough now.”
Mr Johnson previously said the government was doing “everything in our power” to avoid another nationwide lockdown.
A full announcement detailing the new measures for the North East is expected later on Thursday.
MPs from the area met with Health Minister Nadine Dorries on Wednesday evening.
He said a Labour MP told him measures would include pubs closing at 22:00 BST, no mixing with other households and public transport only for essential travel.
‘Not a full lockdown’
Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said it was hoped the temporary measures would prevent a “full lockdown”.
On Monday, councils in seven areas – Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland – called for new restrictions.
BBC analysis of the government’s figures shows that as of Wednesday, Bolton had the highest rate in England at 204.1 per 100,000 people in the week to 13 September.
Sunderland’s rate was 82.1 per 100,000 people, South Tyneside was 93.4, Gateshead was 81.7, Newcastle was 64.1, North Tyneside was 46.7, with County Durham at 37.4 and Northumberland at 25.7.
In total there were 1,106 new cases in a seven-day period.
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We constantly monitor infection rates across the country and keep all measures under review in consultation with local leaders.
“Any changes to local restrictions will be announced in the usual way.”
He said he did not want to lock down sections of the economy, but that the government “will be looking at” requiring pubs to close early.
On Wednesday, Boris Johnson told a committee of MPs a second national lockdown would be potentially “disastrous” for the UK.
Analysis – Daniel Wainwright, BBC England Data Unit
While parts of the north west of England have consistently had the highest rates of new infections for some time now, areas of the North East have also been reporting big increases.
In the week to 30 August Sunderland had 24 cases. Two weeks later it was 228.
The rise in South Tyneside was also very large, up from 70 cases in the last week of August to 141 in the week to 13 September.
Parts of the region are recording rates they haven’t seen since May, when the country was still subject to most of the full lockdown measures.