The situation could not be more alarming with scientists warning the second wave of Covid is threatening to be more severe and deadly than forecast.
The latest modelling points to as many as 800 deaths a day unless action is taken.
Boris Johnson was offered the chance to avoid this disaster by imposing a nationwide “circuit break” over the half-term holidays.
This recommendation by government experts was backed by Keir Starmer, health chiefs and regional leaders.
It would be shameful if the Prime Minister rejected the option solely to avoid handing the Labour leader a political victory.
Some form of national lockdown longer than the two-week circuit break is now on the cards - as soon as next week
Shutting down the country again will have terrible consequences for the economy, jobs, education and people’s wellbeing.
As we are forced down this route it is because Mr Johnson failed to act.
A real leader
This has been a testing week for the Labour Party.
It has had to confront its shameful failure to deal with anti-Semitism and the suspension of former leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Many predicted the party would be plunged into civil war. So far this has been avoided.
By acting decisively Keir Starmer has shown leadership so often absent in the last five years.
The polls are now starting to turn in Labour’s favour.
The whole party now needs to rally together and join the Labour leader in taking the fight to the Tories.
This year’s Pride of Britain awards are particularly special as they take place against the background of Covid.
Never has there been a better time to recognise the unsung heroes and heroines who make this country special. Don’t forget to watch on ITV at 9pm tomorrow.
Coronavirus restrictions mean the format will be slightly different but the awards are as inspiring and uplifting as ever.