Scientists have warned the UKâs second wave could last into Spring amid rising concern over the potential fatalities caused by an elongated spike in cases.
Meanwhile French president Emmanuel Macron has announced a second lockdown from Friday, to try to combat a resurgence of the coronavirus.Â
Medical experts had warned that hospitals would be overwhelmed by the middle of next month if no action was taken. Mr Macron said a new nationwide lockdown would be the only possible way to successfully fight Covid-19.
In the UK, regional police forces will enforce coronavirus laws âas they see fitâ over Christmas but it is too early to predict what restrictions will be in place over the festive period, senior officers have said.
It came as political leaders across the UKâs four nations were warned by the Liberal Democrats to âaccept the inevitabilityâ that people will travel over Christmas.