Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned on Monday that there will be a far tougher lockdown ahead if people do not follow the coronavirus rules.
Johnson warned that we are in a “very perilous moment” and now is the “moment for maximum vigilance.”
It will be “far, far better for people to obey the rules” or there will be “new rules” which will be far tougher than the current restrictions.
The Prime Minister warned the public not to let any “degree of false confidence” or any “false complacency” to kick in.
England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty warned this morning that the “worst is yet to come” as the UK has not yet hit the peak.
Johnson told reporters, “I think what Chris Whitty had to say this morning was absolutely right. This is a very perilous moment because everybody can sense that the vaccine is coming in and they can see that the UK is vaccinating large numbers of those that need it most.
“My worry is, and Chris’s worry is, that this is the moment when that degree of false confidence, false complacency, and that when you look at what has happened in the NHS that complacency is not merited.
“More important than us just pushing out new rules, people have got to follow the guidance.
“In supermarkets, people need to be keeping their distances, making sure that they’re wearing masks, doing the right thing.
“We need to enforce the rules in supermarkets. When people are getting takeaway drinks, in cafes, then they need to avoid spreading the disease there, avoid mingling too much.”
He added, “It’s a race against time because we can all see the threat that our NHS faces the pressure, it’s under the demand in intensive care units, the pressure on ventilated beds, even a shortage of oxygen in some places.
“We’ve got to focus on what we all need to do together to bear down on the disease.”
This comes as Ministers held an emergency meeting on Sunday where they discussed how the current measures are working.
A government source said allowing two people from different households to meet for exercise is “being used as an excuse for people to go for a coffee in the park with their friends.”
Speaking to the Telegraph newspaper, “It may be we tighten up on things like that.”
Professor Peter Horby, chairman of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), warned that that we are “now we’re in a situation where everything that was risky in the past is now more risky so we are going to have to be very, very strict about the measures.
“Whether the current restrictions are enough, I think it remains to be seen.
“It will be a week or two before it becomes clear.
“They may be sufficient, but we have to be very vigilant and if there’s any sign that they’re not, then we’re going to have to be even stricter I’m afraid.”