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Boris Johnson has reportedly been warned that he may need to ban households mixing if the government’s latest measures cannot bring coronavirus infections under control.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has recommended a similar approach to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, it is claimed.
He believes a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants and increased fines will not curb Covid-19’s spread, The Times reports.
A source told the newspaper that government’s latest measures form part of a “phased approach”.
They added: “We're still in early autumn and we shouldn't be optimistic that this won't get worse.”
Meanwhile, a Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) member has criticised No 10’s latest measures.
Professor Edmunds, head of Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told BBC Radio 4 today: “I don't think the measures have gone anywhere near far enough.
"We have to put stringent measures in place, and as fast as possible.
"I suspect we will see very stringent measures coming into place throughout the UK again at some point. But it will be too late again.
"We will have let the epidemic double and double and double again until we do take those measures.
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"We didn't react quick enough in March, we haven't learned enough… and we are about to repeat it."
The PM yesterday laid out the next series of coronavirus restrictions in Parliament, warning the UK is at a "perilous tipping point".
He increased fines for first-time mask offenders and businesses in violation of the rules.
Companies now face £10,000 penalties or closure for failing to comply.
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People will be fined £200 for failing to wear coverings where required – or breaching the so-called " Rule of Six " – twice the original sum.
Masks will be required for retail staff, taxi passengers and hospitality customers except where seated.
Office workers were told to work from home if possible.
However, construction workers, retail staff and people performing essential services can continue to attend their workplaces.
- Boris Johnson
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