PM says tougher measures are coming ‘in due course’

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PM says tougher measures are coming ‘in due course’

Boris Johnson has said there is “no question” the government will announce stricter measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus “in due course”.

The Prime Minister said there were “tough, tough” weeks ahead in the UK’s fight against COVID-19.

He said:

“If you look at the numbers, there’s no question we will have to take tougher measures and we will be announcing those in due course”.

The PM said the government will aim to do everything they can to keep the virus under control.

However, Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, as previously reported, said the government must impose a national lockdown within 24 hours, because the virus is already “clearly out of control”.

Boris Johnson later reiterated:

“I must stress at this critical moment it is so vital that people keep disciplined”.

The PM said large numbers of people were following the rules and that he recognised some were becoming frustrated with the continuing restrictions.

He expressed:

“I think the public have been fantastic in the way they have tried to follow the guidance”.

His comments about further measures, made as the national rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine got under way, came following multiple calls for a national lockdown.

The PM also announced new Tier 4 restrictions following his announcement, which, to much disappointment, cancelled the relaxation of restrictions over the Christmas period due to the discovery of a new Covid variant.

The measures, similar in many ways to England’s previous lockdowns, have been extended to 75% of the country.

But, with fears about the spread of new variants of the virus, the one first detected in the UK and another identified in South Africa, whilst daily cases now regularly topping 50,000, the PM is facing calls to go further.

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