Britain stands at a “critical point” in the coronavirus pandemic, Professor Chris Whitty will warn this morning, potentially laying the ground for tough new controls in an urgent attempt to halt the surge in infections.
In a televised briefing expected at around 11am, the Chief Medical Officer for England will say the country faces a “very challenging winter”, with the current trend heading in “the wrong direction”.
Boris Johnson spent the weekend with senior ministers and advisers discussing what action to take as the rise in the number of new cases showed no sign of slowing.
It is thought the Prime Minister could set out new measures in a press conference as early as Tuesday.
This morning, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has delivered a similar message,