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Is England about to copy Nicola Sturgeon's suspension? Matt Hancock refuses to rule out new Tier 4


The Health Secretary refused to deny that plans were being made to mimic Nicola Sturgeon's crackdown in Scotland and introduce a new top tier 4.

Matt Hancock feared new tighter coronavirus lockdowns in the worst-hit parts of England that could close restaurants and shops in a devastating blow to the economy.

The Health Secretary refused to deny that plans were being made to mimic Nicola Sturgeon's crackdown in Scotland and introduce a new top tier 4.

Currently, the English tier system ends at three, allowing restaurants and shops to continue trading while pubs that do not serve food will be closed.

When asked about reports that there are plans to partially copy Scotland, which has Tier 4 at the top of a five-tier system, Hancock told BBC Breakfast: “We have said all along that we are not taking anything off the table.

“Nevertheless, we saw that the increase in the number of cases slowed down somewhat.

“The problem is that it is still rising, and while it is still rising we have to act to get it under control.

"We're not ruling anything out, but right now we're working on the three-tier system that is slowing the growth of this virus but has not stalled that curve."

However, Boris Johnson poured cold water on the idea this morning.

During a visit to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, he said, “We are currently working on the Tier 3 strategy.

When asked about reports that there are plans to partially copy Scotland, which has Tier 4 at the top of a five-tier system, Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast: "We have kept saying all along that we are not taking anything off the table. "

When asked about reports that there are plans to partially copy Scotland, which has Tier 4 at the top of a five-tier system, Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast: "We have always said we are not taking anything off the table."

However, Boris Johnson poured cold water on the idea this morning. During a visit to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, he said, "We are currently working on the Tier 3 strategy."

However, Boris Johnson poured cold water on the idea this morning. During a visit to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, he said, "We are currently working on the Tier 3 strategy."

“When you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and learn that you have come into contact with someone with coronavirus, the most important thing is to isolate yourself to break the chain of transmission and break the chain of transmission.

"We need people to do that … it is critical to help us make people self-isolate when they are contacted."

Swaths of the North West and Yorkshire have been slammed into local Tier 3 locks in recent weeks, including Liverpool, Manchester, Lancashire and Sheffield.

Pubs and bars have been closed and various households have been banned.

However, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland already have much tougher lockdowns in place to stop cases from rising.

Officials in Whitehall are now to consider adding a fourth tier to the existing government system for England, which rates local alert levels as medium, high and very high.

Professor Neil Ferguson suggested sending some students home from school to prevent further infections.

Tier 3 restrictions in the north, including Manchester, mean pubs and bars have had to close and households have been told not to mix. Officials say they can determine whether these measures have been sufficient by mid-November

Tier 3 restrictions in the north, including Manchester, mean pubs and bars have had to close and households have been told not to mix. Officials say they can determine whether these measures have been sufficient by mid-November

According to The I, sources in Whitehall expect it will be clear by mid-November whether existing restrictions will help reduce the daily number of cases.

Wales closed a "ceasefire" on Friday with all non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality businesses closed until November 9th.

Similar to the March statewide lockdown, Welsh residents have been told they can only leave the home for a limited number of reasons, such as: For reasons of movement, maintenance or the purchase of basic foodstuffs.

A dispute has broken out over the sale of essentials after supermarkets were seen blocking aisles and covering up some products.

First Minister Mark Drakeford tweeted on Saturday: “We are going to review how the weekend went with the supermarkets and make sure common sense is being used.

“Supermarkets can sell anything that can be sold in another store that doesn't have to close. In the meantime, please only leave the house if you need it. & # 39;

Supermarkets in Wales have blocked the aisles of their stores after Wales introduced a "non-essential" ban, which created confusion among shoppers

Supermarkets in Wales have blocked the aisles of their shops after Wales introduced a "non-essential" ban, which created confusion among shoppers

Lidl has closed all "non-essential" aisles in Porthmadog before 6pm on Friday, but First Minister for Wales Mark Drakeford said supermarkets could "sell anything that can be sold in any other type of store".

Lidl closed all "non-essential" aisles in Porthmadog before 6pm on Friday, but First Minister for Wales Mark Drakeford said supermarkets could "sell anything that can be sold in any other type of store".

Meanwhile, experts have said that Scotland's 16-day breaker, which has been extended for an additional week, had little impact on declining coronavirus infections.

Nicola Sturgeon's own scientific advisors warned Thursday that it was "too early to assess the effects of the October 9 restrictions on transmission".

On Saturday, Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modeling led to the original statewide lockdown in March, warned that schools may have to close to older students unless budget constraints take effect.

The government's tiered program does not currently provide for school closings.

The effectiveness of circuit breaker interlocks has been questioned after Nicola Sturgeon's scientific advisors warned it was "too early to see the impact of October 9th restrictions on transmission".

The effectiveness of circuit breaker interlocks has been questioned after Nicola Sturgeon's scientific advisors warned it was "too early to see the impact of October 9th restrictions on transmission".

Prof. Ferguson told BBC Radio 4: “This (ban on shuffling households) should have a significant effect, but so far we have not definitely seen it.

“If we go beyond that, there is a limit to what we can do to reduce contacts without, for example, reaching the older years in schools and sixth grade colleges, where we know older teens can transmit as adults .

“Of course, nobody wants to switch even partially to virtual education and close schools. The challenge could be that otherwise we will not be able to get the gears under control. & # 39;

Professor Neil Ferguson said experts could not have determined a definitive effect from Tier 3 measures. Older students could be sent home from school to prevent infection

Professor Neil Ferguson said experts could not have determined a definitive effect from Tier 3 measures. Older students could be sent home from school to prevent infection

The government has told local executives that Tier 3 regions must reduce social contact by 60 percent.

Five Army and Navy environmental health officers trained in 'outbreak management' were deployed in Liverpool on Friday when the British Army was drafted in support of Tier 3 lockdowns.

They were Task: Identify clusters of local infections, control outbreaks and take action against companies that do not comply with the Covid-19 rules.

It is assumed that more teams will be transferred to other risk areas in the coming weeks.

Retailers have been told to sell only essentials, and so many supermarket aisles are cordoned off and products covered up

Retailers have been told to sell only essentials, and so many supermarket aisles are cordoned off and products covered up

Whole areas of supermarkets have been closed according to restrictions imposed by Welsh ministers

Whole areas of supermarkets have been closed according to the restrictions imposed by the Welsh ministers

Children's toys: The toys that parents cannot buy for their children include a self-made toy digger and a "Little People" toy car

Children's toys: The toys that parents cannot buy for their children include a self-made toy digger and a "Little People" toy car

Liverpool Labor Council Paul Brant told The I that he expected Tier 3 rules to have some impact on Covid infection rates.

He added: “We fear Sage is right to say that getting the R below 1 is not enough. Even if it falls below 1, the actual case values ​​have now risen rapidly.

“We know from the first wave that infection rates can rise very quickly and they fall fairly slowly. So we could be in a situation where R has decreased but absolute numbers have not.

& # 39; Unless the numbers improve significantly, we will no doubt re-examine the exact same questions to see if further restrictions will be needed to bring the levels down. That is the argument for a brief, sharp shock. & # 39;

Barriers cordon off a clothing area in an ASDA store in Cardiff Bay under draconian restrictions on Sunday

Barriers cordon off a clothing area in an ASDA store in Cardiff Bay under draconian restrictions on Sunday

Buyers could not buy non-essential items such as books hidden under plastic wrap

Buyers could not buy non-essential items such as books that were hidden under plastic wrap

Professor Neil Ferguson said easing measures for Christmas is ultimately a political choice.

He said, “There is a risk of transmission and there will be consequences. Some people will die of infection that day.

“But if it's only a day or two, the effects are likely to be limited. So this is really a political judgment about costs versus benefits. & # 39;

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