As fears of a second wave of the coronavirus increase, the health secretary has suggested that “very extensive” local lockdowns could be necessary.
The constant increase in Covid-19 cases in some areas in the UK has posed a serious threat of a second phase of the pandemic. Several countries across the world have already seen the second wave.
Matt Hancock said that nationwide restrictions could be introduced again in England, while social-distancing rules remain in place in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus crisis. He warned that if a vaccine is not approved soon, some families and friends may not be able to spend this Christmas together.
However, Covid-19 cases in some areas which had witnessed a spike before are now dropping and the people expect the easing out of restrictions soon.
In a statement, the health secretary said: “But so far in the UK we are managing to keep the number of new cases flat through a combination of test and trace and local lockdowns.
“This is the reasonable worst-case scenario, that we have a bad flu and a growth in coronavirus as people spend more time indoors. Cases go up again, and we have to use very extensive local lockdowns or take further national action. We don’t rule that out but we don’t want to see it.”
Restrictions in a number of places in England are now due to be eased. In the upcoming week, restrictions will be eased in Greater Manchester boroughs of Bolton, Stockport and Trafford, as well as Burnley and Hyndburn in Lancashire.