Britain's health minister said on Friday that the novel coronavirus was accelerating across the country, with hospital admissions doubling every eight days, but refused to say whether or not another national lockdown would be imposed next month.
Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock
Asked about a second lockdown, he said: “I can't give you that answer now.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was criticized by opposition politicians for his initial response to the outbreak and the government has struggled to ensure sufficient testing in recent weeks.
COVID-19 cases started to rise again in Britain in September, with between 3,000 and 4,000 positive tests recorded daily in the last week, but that is still some way behind France and its more than 10,000 cases a day.
On Thursday, Britain recorded 21 deaths from the disease, taking the total under the government's accounting method to 41,705.