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The government is considering changing the anti-Covid-Tier-System AGAIN after December 2nd


The government is considering changing the tier system again once the current lockdown in England ends after December 2nd.

It was previously confirmed that a system of tiers would be used to manage coronavirus infection rates after the nation emerged from the current lockdown.

Ministers, however, are now considering dividing England into several large regions before re-introducing graduated restrictions.

This means that the entire northeast, northwest, southwest, or southeast can be treated as just one area.

Sources have also warned that a fourth tier could be considered if infection rates do not fall under the tier 3 restrictions.

To add to the confusion, sources have suggested that the tiers already in place could also be changed if the nation exits lockdown in early December.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said regions would not necessarily emerge from the current lockdown to the same stage they were in last month

Currently, Tier 1 restrictions are described as "medium risk" with Tier 2 being "high" and Tier 3 being "very high".

According to the Tier 3 rules, restaurants can be opened, but only until 10 p.m. Pubs and bars will have to close unless they also function as a restaurant.

This definition extends to pubs that sell "large" meals that, like restaurants, are allowed to stay open, but only serve alcohol to people eating a meal.

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR DIFFERENT LOCKDOWN ANIMALS?

LEVEL ONE

Tier 1 restrictions are the same as across England before the last nationwide lockdown was announced.

These include the rule of six, a curfew at 10 p.m., group sports that can only be played outdoors, and a maximum of 15 guests at wedding ceremonies.

ANIMAL TWO

Level two restrictions mean that people are prohibited from interacting with anyone outside their household or assisting bubbles indoors

Two households are allowed to meet in a private garden and in public outdoor areas as long as the rule of six and social distancing is observed.

Traders – such as plumbers and electricians – can still go to work in a household.

ANIMAL THREE

Restaurants can be open, but only until 10 p.m.

Pubs and bars must be closed unless they also function as a restaurant.

This definition extends to pubs that sell "large" meals that, like restaurants, are allowed to remain open, but only serve alcohol to people eating a meal.

Locals are advised to leave their areas only for important travel such as work, education, or health and to return before the end of the day.

Overnight stays by people outside these "high-risk areas" are also prohibited. Households are not allowed to mix indoors or outdoors.

Locals are advised to leave their areas only for important travel such as work, education, or health and to return before the end of the day.

Overnight stays by people outside these "high-risk areas" are also prohibited. Households are not allowed to mix indoors or outdoors.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said regions would not necessarily emerge from the current lockdown to the same stage they were in last month.

And a source told the Telegraph: "We will revert to a regionalized approach after the lockdown, and the government did not specifically say at this point that the levels will be exactly the same."

“People could step down if they followed the lockout rules and the R-rate would drop. The government will determine what the tiered system will look like a week before the lockdown ends on December 2nd. "

Another source told The Telegraph that there was a "high likelihood" that the government would move from classifying individual cities or regions to a new system of regional restrictions.

Despite frustration and confusion over the ever-evolving rules, sources claim the move is an attempt to simplify the system.

A Whitehall source also admitted that it is likely that an additional tier will be introduced to combat infection rates.

Some data from last week suggests that the second wave flattened or even peaked ahead of the lockdown last Thursday, adding to pressure on Boris Johnson to lift blanket restrictions.

Senior MPs said the prime minister – who is alleged to have hit the extreme curbs – shouldn't hold the restrictions for the entire month just to maximize the pain, given the promising signs that the surge is already leveling off .

Mr Johnson reluctantly signed the measures for England last weekend after being warned by government scientists that the death toll could rise to 4,000 a day – four times as high as in April.

The decision was taken with minimal Cabinet consultation following news of the warning, and the Prime Minister's response to it has been relayed to news organizations, including the Daily Mail.

However, the number of 4,000 a day has since been largely discredited and government scientists have been forced to correct other dire warnings used to inform the lockdown decision.

Despite this, the Prime Minister has so far officially refused to rule out an extension of the current lockdown, which ends on December 2nd.

New data was released yesterday, suggesting Tier 3 restrictions helped fight the virus in the Northwest.

Figures show coronavirus hospital admissions in the northwest peaked ten days before the lockdown was imposed.

Numbers from the Department of Health's coronavirus dashboard show that average Covid-19 approvals hit 308.4 per day on Oct. 26, but have declined every day since then.

They had fallen 13 percent to 268.4 by November 4, the day before England's second ban was introduced. No more recent data has been published yet.

And in Tier Two London, hospital stays appeared to peak seven days before the lockdown, falling eight percent from 127.4 to 117.7 in seven days through November 4.

The graph, along with several other doomsday predictions, reportedly led the prime minister to feel embroiled in the decision to impose another lockdown, according to a cabinet ally.

Tier 3 restrictions were imposed in Liverpool on October 14, Lancashire on October 17 and Greater Manchester on October 23.

Other areas like Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire later followed as local authorities aimed to force infections to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed.

The toughest measures of the time, under which around 10 million people lived, closed pubs and bars in all of their local authorities and banned inter-household bans.

The average daily hospital stays for Covid-19 peaked on October 26 in the northwest and October 29 in London

The average daily hospital stays for Covid-19 peaked on October 26 in the northwest and October 29 in London

Bristol is the only place in England's top 50 coronavirus hotspots in the south. The southwest town, home to 463,400 people, had 410 cases per 100,000 diagnosed in the week ending November 6, nearly half that of Oldham, which tops the list with 779 cases per 100,000

Bristol is the only place in England's top 50 coronavirus hotspots in the south. The southwest town, home to 463,400 people, had 410 cases per 100,000 diagnosed in the week ending November 6, nearly half that of Oldham, which tops the list with 779 cases per 100,000

The reduction in social contact resulted in infections in all local authorities in Liverpool two weeks after it went into effect and in most areas of Lancashire a few days later.

A decline in hospital admissions would lag cases, officials said, as it takes longer for someone who is infected to develop symptoms severe enough to be hospitalized.

This meant they began to fall a week after infection, which experts say was due to the longer time it took someone to be hospitalized.

The numbers also show that daily admissions never reached the same level as they did in the first wave in the northwest, when they rose to 412.9 per day on April 4.

However, the total number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the region rose above the second wave number on November 4, when it hit 2,793 per day.

Experts said many of these patients were just being tested and added to these numbers rather than being admitted to wards after the disease emerged in the community.

Around 18 percent of hospital patients with Covid-19 caught it in hospital in October, NHS figures show. That is an increase of nine percent a month ago.

The mass coronavirus tests used in Liverpool are being carried out in 66 local authorities, the health minister said

Health minister says there are 66 mass coronavirus tests being carried out in Liverpool, which are being done in 66 local authorities

Hospital stays across England had also slowed in the week leading up to the second national lockdown, suggesting that the patchwork quilt was helping to fight infection.

Average daily hospital stays rose 30 percent from 946.7 to 1,226.9 per day between October 21 and 28, according to the government's own data.

But for the following week to November 4, they rose just six percent to 1,298, suggesting hospital stays were slowing.

The largest increases were seen in the Southeast and Southwest in the last week of data, up 31 percent to 112.9 per day and 26 percent to 96.1 per day.

However, experts pointed out that those numbers were below those in the north, suggesting that stricter measures were needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus – rather than a second lockdown.

Boris Johnson has announced that England will return to the three-tier system after the lockdown.

It comes as the UK recorded another 532 more Covid-19 deaths yesterday, the highest daily total since May.

That brings the total to 49,770 in the UK, the highest number reported in a single day since May 12th.

The falls are only two percent higher than last week, however. 20,412 cases were confirmed on Tuesday.

Last Tuesday, 20,018 positive cases of the virus were recorded.

The total number of cases in the UK is 1,233,775.

Separate government figures show that 13,617 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized in England on Sunday, down from 11,557 a week ago, while 1,268 were in ventilation beds on Monday, up from 1,075 a week ago.

A total of 1,366 patients with confirmed Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals in England on Friday. This is the latest available number, compared to 1,350 a week earlier.