Covid news – live: Restrictions could be needed next winter, Whitty warns as daily cases top 60,000 for first time

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Samuel Osborne and Kate Ng
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England’s third lockdown may not be enough to stifle the new coronavirus variant, a professor of infectious diseases epidemiology has said.

In a press conference with prime minister Boris Johnson and the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance earlier today, the chief medical officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, warned that some restrictions may return next winter to control the virus.

England entered its third national lockdown after the prime minister shut schools and imposed the toughest restrictions in March in an attempt to stem surging coronavirus infections.

In a televised address to the nation yesterday evening, the prime minister ordered the country to stay indoors other than for limited exceptions and bowed to controversy to order primary schools, secondaries and colleges to remove to remote learning for the majority of students.

A record 60,916 new coronavirus infections were recorded on Tuesday, making it the eighth consecutive day the UK has recorded more than 50,000 daily cases, with 830 more deaths.

Watch: What you can and can't do during England's third national lockdown