Downing Street is forced to deny claims it is planning for a nationwide two-week lockdown - as academic 'clarifies' Tweet that said Prof Chris Whitty was calling for the move | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Downing Street is forced to deny claims it is planning for a nationwide two-week lockdown - as academic 'clarifies' Tweet that said Prof Chris Whitty was calling for the move

Downing Street last night insisted the Government is not preparing to impose a new two-week lockdown on the entire country.

Officials were forced to deny claims the chief medical officer has been pushing for short, sharp nationwide restrictions to tackle the rise in infections.

Professor Anthony Costello, a former director at the World Health Organisation, tweeted: 'I'm hearing from a well-connected person that government now thinks, in absence of testing, there are 38,000 infections per day.

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