Michael Gove the Duchy of Lancaster said on Sunday that England’s second national lockdown could be extended if the virus is not bought under control.
Gove said if the R rate is not successfully brought below 1 by the end of the proposed lockdown period, being 2 December, then they will be forced to extend restrictions.
Gove said we will always take the decision that is in the national interest which is based on scientific evidence.
He told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, “We are going to review it on December 2 but we are always driven by what the data shows.
“On the basis of what we’ve been told, we believe all the measures we are putting into place will reduce the rate below 1.
Gove was asked directly if England could be facing more than a month of lockdown if the transmission rate is not brought down,
He said “Yes.”