Second lockdown a possibility – UK government advisor

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A second national lockdown is a “possibility” in England which has reached a “rather precarious point” amid a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, a leading expert and government adviser said Sunday.

Peter Horby – who advises the government on the threat posed by respiratory viruses — told the BBC that local hospitals in the worst-affected areas in the north of England are beginning to feel the pressure of a possible second wave. 

Prime Minister Johnson said that he will announce a new three-tier lockdown system for England today, with “medium”, “high” and “very high” alert levels.

However, discussions with local leaders are ongoing to decide which parts of the country will face which restrictions.

Johnson will chair a meeting of the emergency COBRA committee on Monday morning, before updating parliament on the new rules at around 3.30pm.