Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has warned that England may have reached the limits of coronavirus lockdown easing – amid fears of a second wave being weeks away.

The 54-year-old medical expert has spoken out as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reintroduced some lockdown measures in parts of England and delayed the relaxation in further areas.

A recent spike in the number of people being diagnosed with the potentially fatal Covid-19 virus in the UK has prompted the government to “squeeze the brake pedal” on lockdown easing plans.

While Mr Whitty has hinted that further clampdowns could be necessary in the coming weeks as the world continues to tackle the ongoing health crisis.

Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Witty, has warned the limits of lockdown easing may have been reached

The professor warned that the recent rise in positive diagnoses showed we have "probably reached near the limit - or the limits - of what we can do in terms of opening up society."

He added: "We are at the outer edge of what we can do".

His warning comes less than a month after lockdown measures were eased to allow bars, cafes and restaurants to reopen following months of closure.

The Government has decided to postpone the easing in some other area – including the reopening of bowling alleys and ice rinks – to August 15, after they were initially planned to be able to reopen from tomorrow.

Coronavirus lockdown measures are being slowed in the UK

While plans to allow weddings to carry on with up to 30 guests have been altered in light of increasing cases.

Concerning data has shown that there are currently 4,200 new cases per day in England in the week to July 26 - a figure that is up from 2,800 the week before and 1,700 the week before that.

The government is continuing to advise businesses to return to norma with a call for employees to return to offices in the hopes of boosting high street sales.

And while air bridges have been jeopardised for international travel from the UK, government officials hope Brits will choose to holiday at home instead.

On Friday the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ”I would encourage people still to think of wonderful staycations here in the UK.

"There are all sorts of fantastic destinations, the best in the world, I would say.

"All my happiest holiday memories are of holiday vacations here in the UK, bucket-and-spade jobs or whatever, and I thoroughly, thoroughly recommend it, and I'm sure that people will have a great time over the summer."