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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is 'confident' that a second total lockdown of the UK can be avoided if the country pulls together and obeys the laws and guidelines that are in place for stopping the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking at a press conference - which Johnson announced will now become a regular feature once again - the PM said: "What we hope is that if people obey the guidance, in the way that they can and have in the past, that we will get the spread down again.
"That's what we're working towards.
"I'm confident that we can do it together if we follow the guidance."
Earlier, responding to a question from a member of the public, Johnson had stated: "I don't want to go back to a national lockdown."
When pressed on the point at which a second lockdown would become necessary, Johnson continued: "I think that the best thing I can say is that we keep all of this under constant review.
"We're watching around the clock what is happening in all the areas that we have cause for concern and we will keep all measures under review.
"We really don't want to go back to the stay-at-home national lockdown we saw in March and April, that's not what we want to do.
"We think we can beat it by other means and we think that we can beat it by the means that we have described, and we think we will."
Once again, the Prime Minister reiterated the need to follow the basic rules - hand washing, social distancing and wearing a mask - and said the country is at a 'critical moment'.
He said: "I know some people will think we should give up and let the virus take its course despite the huge loss of life that would potentially entail.
"I have to say I profoundly disagree. I don't think that is what the British people want."
Johnson was joined at the press conference by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance. Whitty also stated that the virus appears to be a 'more localised phenomenon this time around' that calls for more localised solutions.
Whitty added that the public can expect a 'long winter ahead' and warned that 'a lot can happen in that time'.
However, continuing the same line as the Prime Minster, he added that 'we can contain it in those [local] areas' through following the guidance.
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