The UK’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, has refused to rule out the imposition of a second national lockdown.
Speaking to Sky News he said: “The number of people in hospital is doubling every eight days or so … we will do what it takes to keep people safe.”
Asked about the possibility of a two-week imposition of national restrictions to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, he added “A national lockdown is the last line of defence and we want to use local action.”
He added: “I want to avoid a national lockdown.”
Pressed on the possibility of a national lockdown, Hancock said: “It isn’t something that we ever take off the table, but it isn’t something that we want to see either.
“The country once again needs to come together and recognise there is a serious challenge. That the virus is accelerating.
“Unfortunately, it isn’t just cases increasing, it’s also the number of people ending up in hospital increasing.”