British Prime Minster Boris Johnson applies hand sanitiser during a check out to North Yorkshire Police to meet just recently graduated police officers in Northallerton, Britain July 30,2020 Charlotte Graham/Pool by means of REUTERS
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a current uptick in infections was a “warning light” which suggests he needs to strike the brakes on the easing of lockdown as he postponed the re-opening of close-contact services for at least 2 weeks.
” I’ve stated throughout the pandemic that there would be fresh outbreaks,” Johnson said at a news conference, asked if there could be a rise in infections.
” I stated we would not think twice to put on the brakes at the slightest sign that the numbers were going in the wrong instructions. We’re now seeing a warning light on the control panel.”
England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said it wasn’t reasonable to think of the uptick in infections as a second wave.
Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Sarah Young, composing by Alistair Smout