October 24, 2020

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UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson says 'second wave coming in' and warns measures may be toughened

R number increases to between 1.1 and 1.4; 4,322 new cases recorded; Scotland given ‘advance notice of hard decisions’

6.06pm BST

The Prime Minister said his administration is considering whether it needed to “go further” than the current national restrictions that were put in place this week.

Asked about the possibility of a two-week October half-term in order to bring in a short lockdown, Mr Johnson told reporters: “What I can certainly say about parents and schools is we want to keep the schools open, that is going to happen.

We want to try and keep all parts of the economy open as far as we possibly can – I don’t think anybody wants to go into a second lockdown but clearly when you look at what is happening, you have got to wonder whether we need to go further than the ‘rule of six’ that we have brought in on Monday, so we will be looking at the local lockdowns we have got in large parts of the country now, looking at what we can do to intensify things that help bring the rate of infection down there, but also looking at other measures as well.

6.05pm BST

More from Johnson, who said a second lockdown was the “last thing anybody wants” but said the current measures would need to be kept “under review”.

On Monday we brought in the measures that we did, the ‘rule of six’, to really try and restrict what people are doing and to bring in a new buffer – and to make it absolutely clear, the ‘rule of six’: indoors six maximum, six outdoors maximum.

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