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.