Coronavirus UK news – Lockdown RETURN fears as cases jump 70% in a week but July 19 still going ahead

THERE are fears Britain could be back in lockdown within a matter of weeks as cases continue to surge around the country.

With millions of Brits desperate for a return to normality, one minister admitted the government is ready to reintroduce tough lockdown rules should covid hospitalisations and deaths begin to creep out of control.

Saying Monday’s so-called ‘Freedom Day’ was the right thing to do, Solicitor General Lucy Frazer admitted that the government was “of course” ready to reimpose lockdown if the Covid third wave becomes “unacceptable”.

Cases are slightly higher than yesterday’s figure of 51,870 – meaning today’s tally is the highest since January 15.

And the toll is 71 per cent higher than the 31,921 infections reported last Saturday, and significantly up on the 24,517 recorded a fortnight ago.

Reintroducing such measures would be a humiliation for Boris Johnson, who repeatedly described Freedom Day as “irreversible” – messaging that has been dropped in favour of more cautious language in recent weeks.

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