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Professor Chris Whitty is aiming to implement a new two-week national lockdown in the UK, due to the true number of coronavirus cases being far higher than what has been reported.

This comes after Boris Johnson insisted he was doing "everything in my power" to avoid plunging the country back into blanket restrictions. However, he did acknowledge that he could not dismiss the possibility that there is "not enough" capacity for screening.

Anthony Costello, who sits on the independent SAGE panel, made the statement on Twitter on Wednesday evening. He stated that the daily infections could be as high as 38,000. The post read; "I'm hearing from a well-connected person that government now thinks, in absence of testing, there are 38,000 infections per day. Chris Whitty is advising PM for a two week national lockdown."

According to Costello, the Prime Minister was advised by his Chief Medical Officer that such a step may be needed to stop the recent rise in infections.

That's not all, as Britons could face an even tougher lockdown within two weeks unless the Rule of Six brings down coronavirus cases.

Ministers and government officials confirmed that they are ready to take more drastic steps to stop the spread of the Covid-virus.

New strategies have been laid on the table, which includes the implementation of curfews as well as the closing of pubs.  

The nation has seen a drastic spike in cases which has now risen to over 3,000 a day.  

Coronavirus cases spiked again on Wednesday to 3,991, which raised the alarm for the UK that the nation has been hit with a second wave. Concerns have risen that the UK will now face lockdown by default, which means that schools will be forced to shut, although ministers are demanding that schools are made a priority and have swift access to checks.

Teachers confirmed that 740 schools have already been forced to close or send children home due to many of the learners having cold or cough symptoms.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, confirmed that head-teachers were obliged to order learners to stay home if a pupil or teacher could not get a test to prove they were negative.

Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, is now rushing to create a "priority list" despite previous plans to carry out 10-million tests a day.

In a sign of the spiking chaos, the government has made the decision to stop publishing daily capacity figures.  

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