Second wave of coronavirus 'is coming to UK', Boris Johnson warns

Boris Johnson has admitted the UK is ‘now seeing a second wave coming in’ and that it was ‘inevitable’ coronavirus would hit the country again.

The prime minister said a second national lockdown was the ‘last thing anybody wants’ but that it could not be ruled out if current measures don’t bring the virus down.

Around 10 million people are living under tighter restrictions in the UK after the North East, Merseyside and Lancashire were put on lockdown this week. Measures to contain the virus are already in place in parts of the Midlands, Greater Manchester, south Wales and Scotland.

Mr Johnson said his administration was considering whether it needed to ‘go further’ than the current crackdowns that were put in place this week.

‘We are now seeing a second wave coming in…It is absolutely, I’m afraid, inevitable, that we will see it in this country,’ he told reporters during a visit to Oxfordshire.

Ministers are reportedly mulling over plans to enforce a two-week national lockdown if the ban on social gatherings of more than six does not bring the virus down.

Asked about the possibility of a short term shutdown, Mr Johnson said schools would remain open but other restrictions might be necessary.

The number of daily coronavirus infections have risen to their highest level since May, while hospital admissions are also starting to rise again.

The PM said it was ‘crucial’ that people observe the basic rules on social distancing, citing his ‘hands, face, space’ campaign.

‘That is what everybody has got to do if we want to continue to beat this thing,’ he told reporters in Oxfordshire.

‘But as we look at this particular curve and what is happening now, clearly we are going to keep everything under review. I don’t want to get into a second national lockdown at all, it is the last thing anybody wants.

‘I don’t want to go into bigger lockdown measures at all, we want to keep schools open and it is fantastic the schools have gone back in the way they have. We want to keep the economy open as far as we possibly can, we want to keep businesses going

‘The only way we can do that is obviously if people follow the guidance.’

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