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Britain is at COVID-19 tipping point, health minister says

Britain is at a tipping point on COVID-19, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, warning that a second national lockdown could be imposed if people don’t follow government rules designed to stop the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in recent weeks to more than 4,000 per day, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling it a second wave and stricter lockdown measures being introduced in areas across the country.

“The nation faces a tipping point and we have a choice”, Hancock told Sky News. “The choice is either that everybody follows the rules … or we will have to take more measures.”

Hancock later told the BBC that a second national lockdown was a possible option.

“I don’t rule it out, I don’t want to see it”, he said.

Johnson announced fines of up to 10,000 pounds (€10,909), on Saturday, for people in England who break new rules requiring them to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19.

In addition to tighter rules on social gatherings across the country, several cities and regions in Britain have had ‘local lockdowns’ imposed, limiting even more strictly when, where and how many people can meet up socially.

Asked about a timeline for an effective vaccine, Hancock said: “Well there is still hope that we’ll get one of the vaccines over the line this year and the Oxford vaccine is still at the front of the queue…more likely it’s next year. Probably the early part of next year”.

Opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said he would support whatever measures the government brings forward, but criticised the government’s testing system for not having the capacity to deal with increased demand as schools returned.

(Reuters)

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