A authorities minister has dismissed ideas the UK might be heading for a two-week nationwide lockdown.
Edward Argar, a minister within the Division of Well being and Social Care, rubbished claims that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being suggested to take the motion attributable to an increase in coronavirus infections.
He advised Sky Information’ Kay Burley: “It isn’t one thing that I’ve heard about, I do know there’s hypothesis within the press at present.
“Nevertheless it’s not one thing I’ve seen inside the division.
“The prime minister has been very clear about this, he would not wish to see one other nationwide lockdown.
“He needs to see folks abiding by the laws and making the native lockdowns work and get that an infection price down.”
Anthony Costello, a former director of maternal, little one and adolescent well being on the World Well being Organisation (WHO), had claimed that England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty was recommending the two-week lockdown.
He posted on Twitter on Wednesday night time: “I am listening to from a well-connected individual that authorities now thinks, in absence of testing, there are 38,000 infections per day.
“Chris Whitty is advising PM for a two week nationwide lockdown.”
However Mr Argar stated: “We’re guided by the science however we’re not essentially guided by the hypothesis within the press.
“It isn’t one thing I’ve heard from Chris.
“And it is one thing the prime minister clearly would not wish to see.”
On Wednesday, the prime minister firmly dismissed the prospect of a second nationwide lockdown and instructed the financial impression of such motion could be “disastrous”.
“I do not desire a second nationwide lockdown, I feel it will be utterly mistaken for this nation,” he advised a bunch of senior MPs.
“We’re going to do the whole lot in our energy to forestall it.
“Can we afford it? I very a lot doubt that the monetary penalties could be something however disastrous.”