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PM set to ban indoor get-togethers after rise in coronavirus cases as he battles to avoid second national lockdown

FAMILIES face a ban on indoor get-togethers amid proof they are to blame for the spread of coronavirus.

Boris Johnson is poised to burst the “bubble” system which allows separate households to meet under one roof.

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The PM was told by scientific advisers too much mingling between family groups is the main cause of an alarming rise in infections.

He is now considering a range of tough actions after being warned the “second spike” has already started.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced:

Government nerves are jangling that the unlocking procedure may have to be thrown into reverse — just weeks after it started.

A more severe regional lockdown may be imposed in a wider area of North West England, where infection rates are at their highest. But another option is a ban on bubbles, which allow up to 30 people from two households to meet indoors except for in the North West.

A source said: “We want to avoid a second national lockdown at all costs and a lot will depend on how we can keep a lid on things.” Mr Johnson slammed the brakes on the easing of restrictions on Friday after receiving new data from the Test and Trace system.

The biggest cause of infection was people visiting or inviting visitors to their home. 

Another option being considered is for sick, elderly and vulnerable people to be ordered to stay at home.

Brits aged between 50 and 70 could be given personalised risk ratings in a move that would add to the 2.2million people who shielded during the Spring peak, The Sunday Times reports.

Mr Johnson is also poised to burst the “bubble” system which allows separate households to meet under one roof if there’s an upsurge in cases.

The PM was told by scientific advisers too much mingling between family groups is the main cause of an alarming rise in infections.

Meanwhile, hairdressers may be unknowingly passing on the coronavirus to clients because they are wearing “inadequate” visors, ministers have warned.

Scientists fear the plastic face shields worn by staff in barbers and hair salons might not be providing suitable protection as they leave a significant gap which could allow airborne Covid-19 droplets to pass through.

NHS staff only wear visors in addition to masks, as only the masks are designed to cover both the nose and mouth.

Scientists are said to have raised concerns about the equipment worn by hairdressers in the latest meeting of The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) on Friday.

The issues was also discussed in a recent meeting of at least one sub-committee of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Ministers are now facing calls from Sage and Nervtag scientists to require barbers and hairdressers to wear masks or face coverings – either alone or with visors.

In Manchester, pub-goers hit the town for boozy nights out this weekend despite new lockdown rules.

Thousands enjoyed a night out in the city on Saturday, making the most of the weekend’s balmy weather.

No10 has denied claims the full re-opening of schools is under threat. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Seeing schools fully open next month continues to be my top priority.”

 

 

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