“If the scientists are saying work from home and masks, we should do that. So get A working better because the vaccination programme has been stalling, and introduce those parts of Plan B.”
Her comments this morning come as 17 local authorities have recorded more than 2,000 positive cases in the last seven days, including Wiltshire at the top of the scale with 4,634 cases, along with Dorset (2,201), North Somerset (2,119) and Caerphilly (2,051).
The latest data from the Gov.uk Covid dashboard also reveals the region with the worst-case rate is the South West, with a rate of 749.9 per 100,000.
Following closely behind is East of England with 515.8 and South East with 513.6, while London has the lowest figure of 276.6.