Prime Minister Boris Johnson this morning said it’ll “be bumpy until Christmas” dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
The prime minister said he recognised public “fatigue” with lockdown restrictions and accepted that people were “furious” over the limits on their social and economic lives.
And he warned: “This could be a very tough winter for all of us, but there is a way through. If we follow this balanced approach, we can do it and do it together.”
He urged the public to behave “fearlessly but with common sense” in following guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Johnson admitted he was frustrated with shortcomings in the government’s test and trace system.
But he said he was hopeful that the “scientific equation” would shift within the coming weeks and months, with the discovery of viable vaccines and treatments for coronavirus.
Asked if the pandemic could drag on for years to come, with areas of the country going repeatedly in and out of lockdown, he said: “No, I don’t think that’s going to happen.”