Concerns are rising across Europe as mounting cases are being reported in several areas. France has seen a significant rise in cases in recent weeks, with President Emmanuel Macron reminding the French public to strictly adhere to social distancing rules.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC radio this week: “We are very worried about it.
“But what I am also saying to you is that we have the lines of defence in this country.
“Everyone has a part to play: the first line of defence, social distancing, the next line of defence test and trace and then if we have to, going into local lockdowns.
“And we have the quarantine which is working.”
Mr Hancock warned last weekend that “extensive local lockdowns” might be needed in a reasonable worst-case scenario this autumn, or even further national action.
“A second wave is clearly visible in other parts of the world,” he said.
“It is a very serious threat. But so far in the UK we are managing to keep the number of new cases…