Boris Johnson looking at tougher restrictions as UK cases continue to rise

COVID-19 cases in Britain are at record levels and the increase in numbers is fueled by a new and more transmissible variant of the virus. The government has canceled the planned reopening of schools in and around London, but teaching unions want wider closures.

Much of England is already living through the toughest level of restriction under a four-tier system of regional regulations designed to stop the spread of the virus and protect the national healthcare system.

But asked in a BBC interview about concerns that the system may not be enough to bring the virus under control, Johnson said restrictions “might be about to get tougher.”

“There are obviously a range of tougher measures that we would have to consider … I’m not going to speculate now about what they would be,” he said.