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AS MANY as 4.5 million Britons could be instructed to self-isolate again if the coronavirus infection rate continues to rise according to a shock new report.

PUBLISHED: 04:29, Sun, Sep 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 04:30, Sun, Sep 13, 2020

On Saturday an additional 3,497 COVID-19 cases were reported across the UK. This is the second day in a row that the number of new British infections recorded has been over 3,000.

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A Whitehall source, speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, claimed extra advice could be sent out to those deemed vulnerable if the situation continues to deteriorate.

They said up to 4.5 million people could be told to remain at home or given detailed advice on how to prevent becoming infected.  

Those contacted would be people considered most at risk, based on factors like age, weight and underlying health issues.

COVID-19 has proven far more deadly to the elderly than younger members of the public.

CoronavirusThe Government could advise vulnerable people to isolate again (Image: GETTY)

CoronavirusRevellers party before new coronavirus restrictions on Monday (Image: GETTY)

According to the source the Government is hoping those deemed vulnerable can be advised to shield on a local basis.

However they added: “If the rate is so concerning across the whole of England, we are prepared to do it on a blanket basis.”

On Saturday Sir Mark Walport, the UK’s former chief scientific advisor, warned Britain is “on the edge of losing control” of the virus once again.

Contradicting the Government’s ‘back to the office’ message he urged those people who can work from home to continue doing so.

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