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UK faces 10pm curfew and pubs shut ‘within two weeks’

UK faces 10pm curfew and pubs shut \'within two weeks\'
Tougher lockdown measures could be on their way within two weeks

Brits could face tougher coronavirus lockdown measures ‘within two weeks’ if the new rule of six doesn’t work, scientists have warned.

Ministers are reportedly considering a 10pm curfew for the public and shutting pubs early in order to avoid a second wave.

But Boris Johnson has insisted schools will be the last to shut if another form of national lockdown is brought in.

‘Lockdown is the only thing that we know works, to be frank,’ a leading scientific advisor told ITV.

‘I think that if we want to keep schools open, we probably have to give serious consideration to a wide range of other measures to stop a major second wave.

‘And we have to think about doing that right now – which we are starting to do.’

A member of Sage added: ‘My big worry now is that we might be too late again to avert a major second wave.

‘If we wait for deaths to go up again before taking decisive action we will be in trouble again.’

A large group of people enjoying the autumn sunshine at The Scoop, More London, next to City Hall, after the
Ministers are reportedly planning further action in case the ‘rule of six’ doesn’t work (Picture: PA)
?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 15/09/2020. London, UK. Police patrol Hyde Park enforcing the ???Rule of Six??? as sunbathers enjoy the warm sunshine this afternoon as the mini-heatwave continues in the South East of England with highs of 29c. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last week that gatherings of more than six people will be banned from Monday (yesterday) in the hope of reducing the coronavirus R number. Photo credit: Alex Lentati/LNP
It is thought a 10pm curfew and pubs closing early could be part of future measures to be enforced (Picture: Alex Lentati / LNP)

A member of the Government added: ‘There is no possibility of us waiting for the death rate to rise before we act.’

It comes after earlier this week the new ‘rule of six’ came into force, stopping people from socialising indoors and outdoors in groups larger than six people.

People caught flouting the rules may be slapped with £100 fines.

But Government sources say further measures are being kept under consideration as possible tools to curb the virus.

The UK reported an increase in coronavirus cases of 3,105 yesterday, with another nine people dying from the disease.

There are fears of a second wave of disease following a spike in infections, and demands for testing have risen dramatically causing tests to have to be rationed.

Bolton has already seen a curfew imposed, with hospitality venues closed between 10pm and 5am and only takeaway drinks are allowed.

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