Scientists have advised the UK government to impose a two-week national lockdown in October to try to tackle the rising number of coronavirus cases.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he will not rule out a second national lockdown, he said, quote: “We’ll do what is necessary to keep people safe.” Asked about those reports and the possibility of a second national lockdown, Mr Hancock said: “The last line of defence is full national action and I don’t want to see that but we will do whatever is necessary to keep people safe in a very difficult pandemic.”
He added, quote: “It isn’t something that we ever take off the table but it isn’t something that we want to see either, it is the last line of defence. But what I would say this morning is the country once again needs to come together and recognise there is a serious challenge. The virus is accelerating. Unfortunately, it isn’t just cases increasing, it’s also the number of people ending up in hospital increasing.”
It is understood that experts on the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) have suggested a new national lockdown.
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