By Jason Groves Political Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:42 GMT, 11 January 2021 | Updated: 22:47 GMT, 11 January 2021
Lockdown restrictions will be tightened again if the public flout the current rules, Boris Johnson warned today.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The Prime Minister said 'complacency' among the public could plunge the country into a deeper crisis at what was already a 'very perilous moment'.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tonight reinforced his message, saying so-called support bubbles were the only lockdown exemption guaranteed to stay.
Lockdown restrictions will be tightened again if the public flout the current rules, Boris Johnson warned today
The warnings came amid mounting Government concern that the third lockdown may fail to bring the latest spike in coronavirus infections under control.
Chief medical officer Chris Whitty said Britain was 'now at the worst point of this epidemic' and urged people to stop seeing friends and family, even in the limited circumstances still allowed, saying every 'unnecessary' contact risked spreading the virus.
He added: 'The key thing to understand is that when you meet people from another household under any circumstances – and they're very often your friends, your family – but those are the kind of situations where the virus is passed on.'
He added: 'It doesn't care who you are, it doesn't care whether they're your friends. If you meet someone from another household, the virus has an opportunity to be transmitted.'
Ministers are considering a number of further restrictions, including closing the exemption that allows two