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Covid: Tighter rules ‘will take time’ to show results, says Johnson

New measures to tackle the rise in coronavirus cases “will take time to feed through”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

He told a Downing Street briefing that the high number of daily cases and “tragic increase” in deaths “show why our plan is so essential”.

The prime minister called for “collective forbearance, common sense and willingness to make sacrifices”.

But he said he would “not hesitate” to impose further restrictions if needed.

Mr Johnson said the nation could face the winter “with confidence” because it is now better prepared than it was in March.

The preparations include being on track for 500,000 tests a day by the end of October, 2,000 beds in seven Nightingale hospitals and a four-month supply of protective equipment such as masks, gowns and visors.

He said they had trebled the number of ventilators in the NHS to 31,500 in the last six months.

“I want to thank everyone for the fantastic national effort that we are seeing,” Mr Johnson said.

“No matter how impatient we may be, how fed up we may become, there is only one way of doing this, and that’s by showing a collective forbearance, common sense and willingness to make sacrifices for the safety of others.”

He paid particular tribute to university students, hundreds of whom have been forced to self-isolate, and are “experiencing a first term back at university unlike anything they could have imagined”.

The prime minister was speaking alongside England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, as the latest UK coronavirus figures showed there have been a further 7,108 cases of coronavirus and another 71 deaths.