What a depressing day for the country and my constituency. In a TV broadcast, the PM called on the public to "summon the discipline and the resolve" to follow the new coronavirus rules. He warned the government may go further if people do not stick to them.
Bad news in that the UK's coronavirus alert level was upgraded from 3 to 4, meaning transmission is "high or rising exponentially". It came after the government's scientific adviser warned there could be 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October without further action.
In the latest round of restrictions, those who do not self-isolate face a fine of up to £10,000. Matt Hancock told the BBC's Andrew Marr show that the country was facing a "tipping point and we have a choice".
Another lovely day, with a strong wind from the east. I say that because the sea off Durlston Country Park was awash with white seahorses. Most spectacular. Two cruise ships at anchor offshore reminded me of the consequences of all these lock-downs, which I disagree with.
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