FACE masks could become mandatory in busy outdoor areas as government ministers consider introducing stricter coronavirus measures.
Government ministers and scientists are growing increasingly concerned about public compliance with the lockdown and believe there are few major options left to tighten the restrictions further.
But, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and other ministers have been examining the case to extend the use of mask wearing.
It’s thought that face coverings could be made mandatory in busy public places such as supermarket queues.
One government source told The Telegraph: “There’s not a lot more that we can do.
“We’ve put in these very tough national restrictions. It is a lockdown for everyone all the time.”
Fatalities jumped by 1,325 as another 68,053 cases were recorded.
The grim daily death figures have now topped 1,000 for the third day running as a mutant strain rips across the country.
Friday’s number brings the total for the UK to 79,833 and is the highest number of UK deaths reported on a single day since the outbreak began.
It is also more than double the 613 reported a week ago.