Second wave of coronavirus has arrived in UK, PM says

A health worker takes a break from collecting swab samples from residents at a public health centre in Hyderabad

A health worker takes a break from collecting swab samples from residents at a public health centre in Hyderabad

Another wave of coronavirus is "inevitable", Boris Johnson has said.

The Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said the R number - representing the number of people an infected person will pass the virus to - has risen to between 1.1 and 1.4, meaning cases could rise very quickly.

Sky News adds that government officials have stressed these potential restrictions are not anticipated to go as far as a full lockdown, as seen in the United Kingdom earlier this year.

The British Prime Minister says he wants to avoid a new national confinement, devastating for the economy.

There has been a sharp rise in United Kingdom coronavirus cases over the last two weeks, with Public Health England's medical director Yvonne Doyle issuing a warning of "far worse things to come".

Britain was reported to be considering whether to impose a new lockdown across the country, after new COVID-19 cases nearly doubled to 6,000 per day, hospital admissions rose and infection rates soared across parts of northern England and London.

Confirmed cases and hospital admissions for coronavirus are doubling every seven to eight days in the United Kingdom, according to the new data from the ONS.

"We want to keep schools open, that's going to happen, we're going to try and keep all parts of the economy open as far as we possibly [can] - I don't think anyone wants to go into a second lockdown, but clearly when you look at what is happening, you've got to wonder whether we need to go further than the rule of six that we brought in on Monday", he said.

Second UK lockdown? PM says second wave inevitable, new restrictions possible
Data from Wales suggests Covid-19 case there are now "relatively stable" - with an estimated 1 in 2,000 people testing positive. Cases of the virus and hospital admissions for Covid-19 are now thought to be doubling every seven to eight days in the UK.

Earlier on 18 September, health secretary Matt Hancock announced new restrictions for large parts of England's North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands.

The Government is thought to be looking at a temporary two-week "circuit break", with new controls across England in an attempt to break the chain of transmission and prevent a new spike in the disease.

The second tier would involve what is now being imposed in north-east of England - curfews on hospitality venues and a ban on meetings between households.

The dramatic move was announced as Britain's daily infections hit a four-month high of 4,322, with figures showing the outbreak has almost doubled in size in a week and the R-rate is potentially as high as 1.4.

His comments came as new confirmed daily cases of coronavirus hit 4,322 - the highest since 8 May.

They could include bans on cross-household socialising and the shuttering of the hospitality sector once more, or introduction of a curfew.

Public Health England medical director Yvonne Doyle said there were "clear signs" of a spread of the virus across all age groups, and a rise in hospital admissions of older people.

"This could be a warning of far worse things to come". Click the link in the orange box above for details.

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