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UK PM Johnson warns more restrictions could come if steps fail to work

FILE PHOTO: A worker of Quilted Camel bar prepares the bar to open following new restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Quayside in Newcastle, Britain, September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned there could be more restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 if additional steps he outlined on Tuesday fail to bring down the reproduction number of the disease.

“I must emphasize that if all our actions fail to bring the R (number) below one, then we reserve the right to deploy greater fire power with significantly greater restrictions,” he told parliament.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; writing by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison