His chief strategic adviser, Sir Edward Lister, said in a letter to MPs that the prime minister wanted local leaders to "help shape the package of measures in the most concerning areas", following days of complaints from those same leaders that they were being kept in the dark.
Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak’s job support scheme - that will pay two-thirds of wages for workers in businesses which have been forced to shut by local restrictions - was attacked for allegedly arriving too late, and not offering enough help.
Late on Friday, council leaders in West Yorkshire told the government that another lockdown will have a "devastating" effect on the region's town and city centres and regional economy. In a joint letter to Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock and Robert Jenrick on Friday, they said it would result in the "levelling down" of the region.
Meanwhile, a local lockdown was imposed in Bangor, Wales, following a spike in cases there linked to university students. From 6pm on Saturday, people will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a "reasonable excuse" and can only meet people they do not live with outdoors.
And finally the coronavirus pandemic led to key workers dominating the Queen’s delayed birthday honours. Health and social care workers who toiled tirelessly through the pandemic made up 14 per cent of the list.
In the US, Donald Trump said he planned to hold a “very BIG RALLY!” in Florida on Monday, despite fears he may still be contagious from his bout with Covid-19.