Britain at ‘COVID-19 tipping point’, health minister says

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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 do not follow government rules designed to stop the spread virus.COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in recent weeks to more than 4,000 per day. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it a second wave and stricter lockdown measures have been introduced in parts of the country – with possibly London soon.

“The nation is facing a tipping point and we have a choice,” Hancock told Sky News. “The choice is either everyone follow the rules… or we’ll have to take more action. ”

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

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

Protesters clash with police at an anti-mask rally in Trafalgar Square in London on Saturday. (Hollie Adams / Getty Images)

Johnson on Saturday announced fines of up to 10,000 pounds (C $ 17,000) 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 stricter rules on social gatherings across the country, several towns and regions in Britain have been given ‘local lockdowns’, even more strictly limiting when, where and how many people can meet socially.

Many in the crowd of protesters held placards with the words “plandemic” and “hoax”. (Hollie Adams / Getty Images)

Asked about comments from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who said on Friday that further restrictions were increasingly likely in the capital, Hancock said: “I have had discussions this week with the Mayor of London, and teams are meeting today to discuss further what might be needed. ”

Hancock was also asked on Times Radio about the possibility that Londoners will be told to work from home later this week, and said: ‘Well, I wouldn’t rule it out. ”

Opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer said he would support any measures proposed by the government, but criticized the government’s testing system for not having the capacity to cope with increased demand for as schools return.

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