- BBC NEWS - Sep 23, 2020 -
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has defended the "balanced, targeted and proportionate" new coronavirus measures amid criticism from some scientists.
In England, people are being told to work from home if they can and rules on face coverings have been expanded.
The measures have exposed a split among scientists. Prof John Edmunds, who advises the government, said they did not go "anywhere near far enough".
But other scientists say they hope they are a shift towards a coherent policy.
It comes as Scotland recorded 486 new cases on Wednesday - the highest daily total since the pandemic began.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was "a real cause for concern", although she added that more people were being tested now than at the peak of the outbreak.