Covid-19 UK news – Chris Whitty says Britain past second wave peak but cases ‘forbiddingly’ high to lift lockdown

TOP covid medic Chris Whitty has declared that Britain is “past the peak” of the second wave.

Speaking at the press briefing at Downing Street yesterday, Professor Whitty confirmed that the UK is on a “downward slope” as deaths and cases continue to fall.

However, PM Boris Johnson said that cases were still “forbiddingly” high to lift the lockdown.

It comes as Matt Hancock ordered Brits living in places feared hit by the mutant strain to stay indoors at all times.

“If you have food in the house, please use that,” Hancock told BBC Breakfast viewers that the government advice in affected postcodes would be much stricter than elsewhere in the country.

“If you are in one of those postcodes, it is absolutely imperative that you minimise all social contact outside of your house,” he added.

The affected postcodes are: W7 Hanwell, N17 Tottenham, CR4 Mitcham in London; WS2: Walsall in the West Midlands; EN10 Broxbourne in the East of England; ME15 Maidstone, GU21 Woking in the South East; PR9 Southport and Liverpool in the North West and Bristol in the South West.

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