Boris Johnson has told colleagues his concerns that relaxing lockdown measures too soon could lead to a second outbreak of coronavirus.
The PM is understood to have met his deputy Dominic Raab at Chequers on Friday to discuss the crisis.
He is thought to have told Mr Raab and other officials via video that stopping a second peak was his priority.
It comes after criticism Mr Johnson did not chair or attend five early meetings about the virus.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove confirmed on Sunday that the PM had not been involved in the so-called COBR meetings – Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms – as reported in the Sunday Times.
But a government spokesman said it was “entirely normal and proper” for COBR to be chaired