Boris Johnson on the Spread of Corona in UK

London, Jan 3 (AFP/APP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday warned the country to expect tougher restrictions to combat spiraling coronavirus cases, as a row flared over whether schools should reopen.

“It may be that we need to do things in the next few weeks that will be tougher in many parts of the country,” Johnson told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show.

“I’m fully, fully reconciled to that.” Britain recorded 57,725 new cases on Saturday, its highest total of the entire pandemic, with a new strain of the virus tearing across the country.

Health officials are concerned that the surging numbers could overwhelm hospitals during their busiest time of the year. Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer urged the prime minister to immediately impose national lockdown measures.

“It’s no good the prime minister hinting that further restrictions are coming into place in a week or two or three,” he told British media, adding the virus was “clearly out of control”. “So I say bring in those restrictions now, national restrictions within the next 24 hours.”

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