Boris Johnson has warned the UK must be “vigilant” over the threat of a second wave of Covid-19.
Speaking on a visit to Nottingham today, the prime minister said the most important thing is for people in all communities to “heed the advice” before restrictions can be eased across the country.
“The most important thing is for everybody in all communities to heed the advice, to follow the advice, not to be spreading it accidentally and get it right down and we’ll be able to ease the restrictions across the country,” he added.
“But clearly we now face, I’m afraid, the threat of a second wave in other parts of Europe and we just have to be vigilant and we have to be very mindful.”
Mr Johnson also said he sympathised with the views of local leaders who want restrictions on their areas to be lifted.
He said: “We have to look at the big picture, we have to look at the national situation and, of course, we need to look at the health of the people of Leicester as well.
“The priority, and I think the mayor and local MPs would agree with this, the priority has got to be people’s health and getting the disease under control.
“Particularly now as we can see what’s happening amongst some of our European friends, where they’ve got it starting to bubble up again.”