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A minister has warned members of the public to follow existing lockdown rules, or face tougher measures, amid concerns that people are not taking the current wave of coronavirus seriously.

This weekend saw scenes of people socialising in parks and other outdoor spaces across the country, despite rules only allowing for one-to-one mixing during exercise. Boris Johnson held a meeting with Cabinet colleagues on Sunday evening to discuss stricter new measures and initiatives to boost adherence.

Nadhim Zahawi told the Today programme they were reluctant to go any further, but that additional restrictions might be required if compliance did not improve, saying the pictures had “worried” him. He also pointed to compliance in supermarkets, where people must wear face masks and follow a one-way route, as an area of concern.

“We don’t want to toughen measures – lockdown is tough, the schools are shut – but this virus loves social interactions,” he said. “We are reviewing all the restrictions.”

He told Sky News: “Our plea is to everyone – these rules are not boundaries to be pushed against, they are to bring the virus under control and reduce pressure on the NHS and save lives. Just think that every social interaction you could have could be an instant of transmission.”