Health secretary Matt Hancock has refused to guarantee that pubs will be open this weekend, as the government considers new coronavirus restrictions.

Hancock said there would be no return to the full lockdown seen in March, stressing restrictions would be “different to last time”.

But he refused to say whether pubs could be ordered to shut by the weekend, saying Boris Johnson would be setting out new restrictions on Tuesday.

Hancock told ITV’s This Morning: “We will be absolutely clear about the changes we need to make in the very, very near future.”

He added: “It’s not a no, and it’s not a yes, we’ve been working on this all weekend, we haven’t taken the final decisions about what we want to do in response to the surge that we’ve seen in the last two weeks.”

The PM has called a rise in cases the beginning of a “second wave”.

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance are set to give a televised update this morning (21 September).