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No 10 not ruling out ‘firebreak’ lockdown if Covid cases rise

Government denies plan for October half-term lockdown but says option remains open if NHS overwhelmed

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Downing Street has not ruled out a “firebreak” lockdown as a last resort if the NHS were to be overwhelmed by Covid cases, but denied there were plans for one during October’s half-term school holiday.

With cases expected to rise further this autumn, some scientists have been warning that restrictions could be necessary in the coming months, such as limits on gatherings and a return to compulsory indoor masking.

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