After a leading scientist warned an earlier circuit-breaker lockdown could have saved thousands of lives in UK, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will defend his plans for a second national lockdown in the Commons today.

In reaction to the development, Professor Andrew Hayward, who sits on the Government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, acknowledged “we can’t turn back the clock” on imposing restrictions.

Hayward also told BBC Radio 2s Today programme:  “I think if we had chosen a two-week circuit-break at that time, we would definitely have saved thousands of lives.”

The concern for this development comes amid confusion over whether the measures could last longer than December 2, after Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove admitted that the curbs may need to be in place for longer.

On the part of the Prime Minister, he is ready  to use his statement to the Commons on Monday afternoon to warn coronavirus deaths over the winter could be twice as high during the first wave of the pandemic and that he will “seek to ease” restrictions and return to the tiered system on December 2.