Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng ruled out the UK going into another lockdown later this year after appearing on Good Morning Britain.

Presenter Susanna Reid asked Kwarteng if he would rule out "completely" another lockdown on the ITV programme.

He initially responded by saying he didn't think there would be another one.

When pressed by Reid for a definitive statement he responded: "I rule it out".

This comes amidst calls by the NHS for the Government to immediately enforce Plan B Covid restrictions to avoid a "winter crisis".

Plan B proposals would see restrictions like face masks, social distancing and working from home reintroduced.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman has previously said Plan B would only be used if there was a “significant risk of the NHS being overwhelmed”.

What did Kwasi Kwarteng say on Plan B?

When questioned on Plan B he said: "I'm not going to be here saying what the actual numbers are to trigger Plan B, all I'm saying is that we're looking at the situation in real time."

He mentioned that the Government had had a "balanced approach" to restrictions.

"Some people were saying that lockdown should be extended, and some other people were saying we shouldn't have had a lockdown in the first place," he added.

"We've taken a balanced approach, we had a lockdown, we had a roadmap out of the lockdown, we successfully hit Phase 4, we opened up the economy, and as a consequence of that it is true that infection rates are rising.

"But the death rates and hospitalisation rates are much, much lower than they were at the beginning of this year."