A second national lockdown in Britain is not inevitable even though France and Germany have gone that way, said housing minister Robert Jenrick on Thursday.
“I don’t think anything is inevitable,” he told the BBC, when asked if French and German lockdowns meant the UK would follow.
He also said it was too early to say that the government’s tiered approach of regional lockdowns was not bringing down infection rates.
Meanwhile, many European governments are either imposing new lockdowns or considering them. Ireland and Wales have already imposed nationwide lockdowns this month, and Italy introduced strict new rules earlier this week. Germany and France are expected to make decisions on new lockdowns this week.
German chancellor Angela Merkel met with German state leaders today to decide whether to shut bars, leisure centres and hotels completely and whether to introduce other restrictions – nicknamed “lockdown light” by German media – such as limits on social contact and making restaurants takeaway-only. Meanwhile, France is deciding on the extent of a planned four-week lockdown, which could come into force this Thursday.