UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson says ‘second wave coming in’ and warns measures may be intensified
A summary of today’s developments
Boris Johnson said the UK is “now seeing a second wave coming in” and that it was “inevitable” that coronavirus would hit the country again. The prime minister added the government is considering whether it needed to “go further” than the current national restrictions that were put in place this week.
St Andrews University in Scotland has asked students to go into voluntary lockdown for the weekend from 7pm this evening.
A further 4,322 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, an increase of nearly 1,000 cases from the previous day.
Keir Starmer has urged Boris Johnson to convene a Cobra meeting. The Labour leader said he was deeply concerned about the sharp rise in coronavirus cases and the difficulties people across the country are facing getting a test.
The R number increased to between 1.1 and 1.4 in the UK. An R number between 1.1 and 1.4 means that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 11 and 14 other people. Estimates suggest the growth rate is between +2% and +7%, which means the number of new infections is growing by 2% to 7% every day.
The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has strongly criticised Boris Johnson for not discussing the Covid crisis with the leaders of the devolved nations. Speaking at a press conference in Cardiff, Drakeford said there was a “vacancy at the heart” of the UK. He said he had had one brief conversation with Johnson since 28 May.
Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland is at “a critical point” in terms of rising infections, and warned of “hard but necessary” decisions in the days ahead. She said she had asked Johnson to convene a Cobra meeting this weekend.
Millions of people across parts of north-west England and Yorkshire will be banned from mixing with other families under tougher restrictions announced to control the spread of coronavirus. The measures, due to come into force on Tuesday, will prohibit residents in Lancashire, Merseyside, and parts of West Yorkshire, the West Midlands and Cheshire, from meeting others outside their support bubbles, and include a 10pm curfew on nightlife.