England was notified last night of a New Year's lock due to warnings of the mutated Covid strain across the country. Experts warn of a "human disaster" unless draconian measures are enforced across the country.
Sir Patrick Vallance, scientific advisor, said it was likely that action would need to be stepped up in areas outside of London and the South East which are in the new Tier 4 style.
Professor Robert West, who sits on the Sage Behavior Science Panel, said current government methods are unlikely to contain the spread of Covid-19.
He told The Guardian the country needs to move to "stricter but more rational social distancing rules" and establish a testing, travel, isolation and support program similar to that in East Asia.
Professor West warned, "It sounds expensive, but the alternative could be a catastrophic loss of confidence in the country's ability to control the virus and the economic, human and social catastrophe that has resulted."
Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser, and Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, speak at a press conference on Downing Street as the Prime Minister announces the new Tier Four restrictions
The Mail is known that Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has warned the Prime Minister that the number of patients in hospital with Covid is on the way to peaking in April by New Year's Eve – and will continue to increase in January.
Downing Street tried yesterday to downplay proposals that a third national lockdown is imminent, but Sir Patrick said the new strain, believed to be up to 70 percent easier to spread, is already "across the country" available.
He added, "It's localized in some places, but we know there are cases everywhere. So it's not like we can prevent this from getting elsewhere."
Andrew Hayward, professor of infectious diseases at University College London, endorsed a national lockdown, telling The Guardian, “I think it's clearer to get a consistent national message because although the risk is different in different parts of the country, they are still there and you are still substantial. & # 39;
Concerns about a third national lockdown were as follows:
- Public health chiefs in Greater Manchester and the Midlands urged visitors from London and the Southeast to self-isolate for ten days – even if that meant spending Christmas Day alone.
- Ministers tried to lift a French ban on trucks coming from the UK, but Emmanuel Macron reportedly requested virus testing for every truck driver arriving in France.
- Downing Street urged shoppers not to panic buying groceries after Sainsbury warned the fresh vegetable supply could be impacted by the canal crossing disruption.
- More than 40 countries have banned flights from the UK in response to the emergence of the new strain of Covid.
- The pound slid and more than £ 40 billion was wiped off stock prices as investors feared a double crisis between Covid and Brexit.
- Scientists suggested that children might be more easily infected by the new strain;
- Downing Street said there would be no further changes to the Christmas arrangements;
- Tory MPs called for parliament to be recalled to discuss the Covid crisis.
- Rail and bus travelers were offered refunds if the turnaround in Christmas rules forced them to cancel the trip.
- The Prime Minister confirmed that 500,000 people in the UK received the first shot of the Covid vaccine.
- The university students were told they can travel home for Christmas even if they have to leave a Tier 4 area.
Boris Johnson admitted yesterday that significant restrictions are likely to remain in place for months
A senior Tory said Boris Johnson decided against another national ban until the weekend after Chief Whip Mark Spencer warned it would spark a mutiny among Conservative MPs.
Official figures yesterday showed that an additional 33,364 people tested positive for the disease and more than 2,000 were hospitalized in a single day.
The prime minister admitted yesterday that significant restrictions would likely remain in place for months, but insisted that it would be "a completely different world" by Easter.
However, he refused to guarantee that all students would be back in class by the late start of January 11, saying only that this would be done "when we possibly can".
Yesterday a government adviser said it was a mistake to panic about the new strain.
Professor Robert Dingwall, a member of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats that advised No. 10 on this variant, said: "Many of us were surprised that a document expressing" moderate confidence "appeared over the course of 24 years Years changed hours into a national panic. & # 39;
He told LBC Radio that it was "very hard to see the logic" to put London and the Southeast under Tier 4 as the new strain was "all over the UK" anyway.
Downing Street insisted yesterday that there were no plans to move additional areas to Tier 4 before the next official review date on December 30th.
However, sources said the prime minister was "deeply concerned" at the extraordinary speed at which the virus has responded after the last lockdown, which ended less than three weeks ago.
Public health officials in the Midlands and the North urged southerners yesterday not to risk spreading the virus to their regions this Christmas.
England had been notified of a New Year's ban as the number of cases had risen in parts of the county
Jeanelle de Gruchy, director of public health for Tameside, Greater Manchester, said travelers should self-isolate for at least ten days to prevent a "serious situation" from developing.
She added, "Other people in the house are not required to self-isolate, but even on Christmas Day, visitors should not be allowed into this house."
Government officials confirmed that the warning has no legal force.
Scientists said yesterday that the new strain would spread more easily among children, raising new concerns about the government's ability to keep schools open in hotspot areas.
And Mr Johnson yesterday, for the first time, raised doubts about whether all schools would remain open.
When asked directly whether the children would return to the classroom on time, he said: “The most useful thing I can tell you at this point is, of course, that if we can, we want to get the schools back at the beginning of January in stages. & # 39;