Britain faces a further six months of very difficult lockdown restrictions, Downing Street has warned, as Boris Johnson prepares the country for fresh measures to combat the latest increase in infections.
The governments chief scientific and medical officers will tell the public today that Britain is heading in the wrong direction and that we are at a critical point in the pandemic.
Mr Johnson is expected to announce further lockdown measures in the coming days, with cabinet ministers split over how extensive these should be.
Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, is resisting a full shutdown of the hospitality sector, which was discussed in Downing Street on Friday. A senior government source said last night that all options were still up in the air before a