PM says 'tougher restrictions may be needed' as cases rise

The Prime Minister has stated that tighter restrictions may be needed to deal with the increasing cases of coronavirus.

When asked about the potential for Tier 5 by the BBC’s Andrew Marr, Boris Johnson said, “We may have to do things over the next few weeks that could be more difficult.

“I’m completely reconciled to it. I think the whole country is completely reconciled with it.”

“There are a number of tougher measures we may have to take.”

However, the prime minister refused to speculate on these measures.

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Professor Sir Mark Walport, member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), said it was “fairly clear” that tighter restrictions were needed.

When asked if Tier 4 restrictions are enough, the former science advisor to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show said, “It’s the Tier 4 restrictions, they obey them.”

“It’s about breaking through essentially every possible transmission path we possibly can.

“Those are the things that are absolutely necessary and it is pretty clear that we will need more.”

The Prime Minister appeared on the Andrew Marr Show and was grilled about the schools reopening.

When asked if parents should send their children to school, he said, “Yes, they should definitely do so in areas where schools are open.”

Mr Johnson added, “Schools are safe. It is very important to emphasize this.

“The threat to young people, children, is very small. The risk to staff is very small.

“The benefits of education are so great.”

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