Boris Johnson is preparing to replace the “rule of six” with tougher restrictions on daily life as he warned that Britain was in the grip of a second wave of coronavirus reports the Telegraph

The Prime Minister said he may have to “intensify” measures that could act as a temporary “circuit break” to stem a resurgence of the virus and prevent Britain being forced into a second lockdown.

Britain is entering a second wave of coronavirus, Boris Johnson has said as scientists expressed fears the death toll could be as high as in the first spike without a rapid change in public behaviour.

According to the Times Downing Street has been told by the government’s Joint Biosecurity Centre, which monitors the spread of the infection, that Britain is now six weeks behind Spain, which recorded 239 deaths on Thursday.

The country recorded 4,322 confirmed coronavirus cases announced yesterday, the first time that daily infections have topped 4,000 for four months.

The number of patients being treated in hospital rose above 1,000 for the first time since July, increasing by 134 to 1,020. There were 27 more deaths reported, bringing the total to 41,732.

The government introduced stricter measures for parts of the North West of England and Yorkshire, meaning one in five people in the UK are already under some form of restrictions.


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