Coronavirus: Household gathering limit set to be cut to battle COVID-19 spike
The maximum number of people who can legally gather in a house in England will be cut to try to stop another coronavirus spike, Sky News understands.
A government source said the figure will be reduced from 30 – but the new number is still being ironed out.
It follows a sharp uptick in COVID-19 infections, with 2,948 reported on Monday – the highest number since 22 May.
Experts warn the comparison should be treated with caution because double the number of tests are being carried out now than then.
Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical, intervened yesterday to warn cases are rising because people have “relaxed too much”.
Fears are also mounting ahead of the new university year beginning this month and next – with students preparing to travel across the country.
Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, told Sky News students should “exercise a degree of caution… particularly when they go home and see their elderly relatives”.
He added young people should use an “added degree of common sense this autumn”.
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