Boris Johnson warned England faces the prospect of more local lockdowns to tackle coronavirus, as the prime minister urged the public to act with restraint when pubs and restaurants reopen on Saturday.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, Mr Johnson said “great progress” had been made against the “vicious disease”.
But he added that events in Leicester — the first English city to undergo a local lockdown this week after a spike in virus cases — would likely be seen elsewhere. “We always said there would be local outbreaks requiring local action,” said Mr Johnson. “This is to be expected and will, I’m afraid, be a feature of our lives for some time to come.”
Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said that another nationwide lockdown — like the one introduced on March 23 — would be the last resort.
Mr Johnson cited the success of