Pubs across the UK could be shut until Christmas as Michael Gove warns the venues will be ‘among the last’ to see the government’s restrictions lifted [LINK]

Pubs across the UK could remain closed until Christmas as the country continues to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The possible lockdown extension on the popular venues comes after cabinet minister Michael Gove warned that pubs and restaurants in the nation would be ‘among the last’ to see the restrictions placed upon them relaxed.

The move comes as another 596 coronavirus deaths were today announced in the UK – bringing the total number of people who have died from the virus in the country to 16,060.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Gove, said that ‘areas of hospitality’ would be among the last to exit the government’s lockdown restrictions.