UK CORONAVIRUS cases have jumped by 938 in the biggest rise for 38 days with more people dying as the death toll rises to 46,210.
Today’s figures come after the death toll has rose by just eight on Sunday – which was the lowest rise since before lockdown began.
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It comes amid news Boris Johnson is preparing to ban indoor get-togethers over fears of a second wave of the virus.
The Prime Minister is poised to burst the “bubble” system which allows separate households to meet under one roof.
This week, he put the brakes on lockdown easing measures after cases in the UK more than doubled in just a fortnight.
A more severe regional lockdown may be imposed in a wider area of North West England, where infection rates are at their highest.
But another option is a ban on bubbles, which allow up to 30 people from two households to meet indoors.
And experts are looking at plans for sick, older and vulnerable people to be ordered to stay at home.
Brits aged between 50 and 70 could be given personalised risk ratings in a move that would add to the 2.2million people who shielded during the spring peak, The Sunday Times reports.
It comes just days after 4.5million people in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire were hit with new restrictions.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was introducing the clampdown with a “heavy heart” – but was “chilled” by soaring infection rates in Northern England.
A No 10 source said: “Another national lockdown is like our nuclear deterrent — we will never rule it out but it should be the very last resort in the fight against Covid.”
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The Prime Minister has repeatedly told Brits during speeches that he wants to avoid another national shutdown, and instead implement local lockdowns – like the one enforced this week in Greater Manchester.
It comes over fears the UK is at a ‘tipping point’.