No October lockdown in Britain

Social distancing rules and compulsory facemask wearing ended in July although most travel restrictions remain in place. [Shutterstock/cktravels.com]

Ministers have denied that the government could impose a ‘firebreak’ lockdown in October to curb a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Following media reports that the government was planning to extend the school half-term holiday in mid-October if the number of hospitalisations continues at the current level, the UK’s Department of Education tweeted that “it is not true that the government is planning a lockdown or firebreak around the October half-term.”

Social distancing rules and compulsory facemask wearing ended in July, although most travel restrictions remain in place.

Four in five people in the UK aged 16 and over are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the government is set to begin offering elderly people and those with vulnerable immune systems booster vaccines over the coming weeks.

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