Boris Johnson met his most senior cabinet colleagues on Friday to discuss the possible toughening of restrictions. The prime minister is considering new national lockdown restrictions, which could be imposed in England as early as next week.
Whitehall sources confirmed Boris Johnson met his most senior cabinet colleagues on Friday to discuss the possible toughening of restrictions in light of worsening coronavirus infection rates and hospital admission data. Everything except essential shops and education settings could be closed under the new measures, the Times newspaper reports, but no final decisions are believed to have been made. Tougher regional measures are also being considered.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove were all understood to be present at the discussion.