Serious public disorder could "overwhelm all attempts" to control the coronavirus and "catastrophically" undermine the government's recovery plans, scientists advising ministers have warned.
Businesses hoping to reopen after the coronavirus lockdown have been told they will remain closed for now, despite the furlough scheme beginning to wind down.
The planned easing of lockdown restrictions in England has been postponed for at least a fortnight - with face masks to become mandatory by law in most public indoor settings on 8 August.
Matt Hancock's late-night announcement reinforcing lockdown in parts of northern England has been criticised for the impact on the UK's Muslim community - and likened to "cancelling Christmas".
Another major care provider says it has no access to regular coronavirus testing because of safety issues with a supplier used by the government.
Scotland has advised against travel to virus hotspots in the north of England after new restrictions were imposed in several areas.