UK coronavirus live: two-week ‘circuit break’ considered to halt Covid surge in England

Health secretary Matt Hancock refuses to rule out second national lockdown as ‘last line of defence’

9.42am BST

Ryanair has announced it will cut its planned October flight capacity from 50% of last year’s levels to 40%.

A spokesman for the airline said:

We are disappointed to reduce our October capacity from 50% of 2019 to 40%.

However, as customer confidence is damaged by Government mismanagement of Covid travel policies, many Ryanair customers are unable to travel for business or urgent family reasons without being subjected to defective 14-day quarantines.

9.35am BST

Restaurants, pubs and other hospitality businesses could be shut or asked to close early for a few weeks as part of a national “circuit break” to stop a surge in coronavirus cases in England getting out of control.

The measures are being considered, according to the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, as the number of cases of the virus is doubling every seven to eight days, with more than 3,300 new cases reported on Thursday.

Related: ‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new Covid lockdown

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