MATT HANCOCK has warned a new nationwide lockdown could be enforced after daily coronavirus cases hit a three-month high.
The UK recorded a further 2,988 infections on Sunday, taking the total number since the start of the pandemic to 347,152. Yesterday’s figure was the highest since May 22 when 3,287 cases were recorded. The Health Secretary described the surge as “concerning”.
When asked if another nationwide lockdown was possible, he said: “We will take whatever action is necessary.”
The spike comes as an expert has warned a second wave could hit next spring.
Professor Ben Neuman, chairman of biological sciences at Texas A and M University-Texarkana and visiting associate professor at the University of Reading, said the winter could potentially have some benefits.
He said: “The move indoors for the winter may not be likely to drive up Covid-19 numbers on its own.
“A cold winter can bring on its own mini-quarantine, as we stay home to avoid bad weather, and comes with a bit of natural PPE in the form of scarves and gloves.”