A second national lockdown would be likely to have “disastrous” financial consequences for the UK, the prime minister has said.
Appearing at a committee of MPs, Boris Johnson said the government was doing “everything in our power” to prevent another nationwide lockdown.
This was why new restrictions – such as the “rule of six” – were necessary to “defeat” the disease, he said.
The PM also admitted there was not enough testing capacity.
Earlier, he blamed a “colossal spike” in demand for ongoing problems in accessing tests and results being delayed.
On Wednesday, coronavirus cases in the UK increased by 3,991, taking the total to 378,219, according to figures from the government.
A further 20 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. This