Cases in the Netherland have surged in recent weeks leading the government to make a U-turn on restrictions.
As the government insisted again that there is 'absolutely nothing to indicate [a winter lockdown] is on the cards at all', here's what leading scientific experts have said on the issue.
In documents made public on Tuesday, a government advisory group warned of the need for 'light' restrictions to control coronavirus through the winter.
Ahead of Boris Johnson's winter COVID plan, Yahoo News UK looks at the risks of a new lockdown compared with last year.
Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Javid said: 'I just don't see how we get another lockdown.'
A new YouGov poll about coronavirus rules in England suggests 17% effectively support returning to a full lockdown.
London Underground’s Circle line and Hammersmith and City line will close due to more than 300 staff self-isolating.
The slogan is part of a new campaign that will focus on ventilation and testing to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it has been reported.
Professor John Edmunds warned there were a 'difficult few months months' ahead after the lifting of restrictions.
England’s restrictions were lifted on Monday, as nightclubs were allowed to reopen, social gatherings restrictions were dropped and face masks are no longer a legal requirement.
The doctor and mother-of-two admitted that as a medical professional the rising COVID infection rates make her feel wary about the lifting of all restrictions.
People in England going to nightclubs and other venues will have to be fully vaccinated from the end of September.
Sir Patrick Vallance said that it is "inevitable" that the proportion of people being admitted to hospitals who have had both jabs will increase.
Critics continue to express concerns that England is coming out of lockdown too soon.
There are fears that the government is coming out of lockdown too soon, with case numbers currently at 50,000 per day and predicted to rise as high as 200,000.
Nadhim Zahawi was speaking as the country woke up to the so-called 'Freedom Day' of 19 July, when most mandatory COVID-19 rules are scrapped.
Thousands of people are being forced to miss work after being notified that they may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
The prime minister and the chancellor were 'pinged' by the NHS COVID app after it emerged on Saturday that health minister Sajid Javid had tested positive for the infection.