Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns a second wave is coming
Author: Aishah Rahman | Friday 18th September 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns the UK is “now seeing a second wave of the pandemic", adding “it’s been inevitable we’d see it in this country”.
It comes as new local restrictions have been introduced in the North West, Midlands, and West Yorkshire. In a comment to reporters Mr Johnson said he did not want a second national lockdown, although tighter social distancing measures may be necessary.
“We’re looking very carefully at the spread of the pandemic as it evolves over the last few days. There’s no question that we could [and] are seeing a second wave coming”.
“We are seeing it in France, in Spain, across Europe- it has been absolutely, I’m afraid, inevitable we are going to see it in this country”, he added.
Nonetheless, according to the health secretary Matt Hancock, the Government wouldn’t rule out a short-term national lockdown over October half term in a bid to stop the virus from spiralling out of control.
Mr Johnson has refused to rule out further restrictions in case the current social distancing measures does not help slow down the spread of coronavirus.
On Friday it has been confirmed that the UK have recorded 4,322 cases of coronavirus, the highest since May. A further 27 deaths in relation to COVID-19 have also been recorded.
Updates to follow.