DOWNING Avenue has refused to rule out a New 12 months lockdown after Northern Eire joined Wales in agreeing to a post-Christmas shutdown.
Families in Northern Ireland will be plunged into a six-week lockdown from Boxing Day with pubs and non-essential retailers shut.
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Downing Avenue has refused to rule out a brand new 12 months lockdownCredit score: Copyright 2020 The Related Press. All rights reserved
All of Wales is heading for a Degree 4 lockdown after ChristmasCredit score: Wales Information Service
It comes as Wales promised to slam the entire nation right into a three-week shutdown after the vacations following a spike in Covid instances.
The PM’s official spokesman declined to say whether or not England was contemplating one thing related – although Boris Johnson and other ministers have warned it may be on the cards.
He mentioned this lunchtime in a briefing to journalists: “We have been away from the rationale behind the tiered regional method and that is what we have set out for the time.
“That’s designed to cut back the speed of transmission and cut back the R fee in areas of excessive prevalence.
“As we have mentioned all through we are going to clearly preserve the most recent knowledge and the most recent traits underneath assessment.”
No10 sources insisted a 3rd nationwide lockdown was not underneath dialogue.
But it surely constantly refuses to rule out additional restrictions, insisting all measures should stay on the desk to curb infections and preserve the nation secure.
It comes as:
The PM warned final evening that Christmas might trigger already spiralling infections to tear via the nation.
And Chris Whitty admitted that extra folks have been prone to catch the bug, resulting in elevated hospitalisations and deaths.
However Boris mentioned it will be “inhuman” to cancel Christmas altogether – and urged folks to have smaller, shorter gatherings close by as an alternative.
As we speak the Northern Eire well being minister Robin Swann has mentioned he would put ahead a variety of “sturdy and excessive” suggestions at an govt assembly in the present day.
The draconian lockdown measures will shut retail, hospitality and leisure for six weeks.
It marks the third lockdown Northern Eire has needed to grapple with.
Stormont sources informed PA that the proposals can be akin to the full-scale lockdown in March than the current circuit break restrictions.
Case numbers proceed to rise in Northern Eire regardless of the most recent two-week circuit-break.
First Minister Arlene Foster threw the nation right into a four-week lockdown in October, just for it to be prolonged for one more two weeks in November.
Wales can also be hurtling in direction of a post-Christmas lockdown, after First Minister Mark Drakeford made a screeching u-turn on the festive season – which means solely two households, not three, can meet up for the vacations.
First Minister Arlene Foster is contemplating a 3rd lockdown for Northern EireCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
England might face more durable lockdown guidelines after Christmas if instances riseCredit score: EPA
For no less than three weeks, all non-essential retail, magnificence salons, leisure centres should shut on the finish of the day on Christmas Eve.
And bars, eating places, pubs and cafes should shut from 6pm on Christmas day.
Nicola Sturgeon has refused to rule out additional lockdown measures in Scotland, however burdened yesterday that the scenario in Wales was way more severe.
Ms Sturgeon additionally gave Scots a dark Christmas message, telling them to solely see their family members for in the future over the vacations – and suggesting they keep aside altogether if attainable.
The Well being Secretary revealed a string of areas together with Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Peterborough and Surrey can be bumped up into the highest stage of restrictions earlier in the present day.
Faculties, retailers and gymnasiums can keep open within the prime Tier, however eating places, pubs and indoor actions should shut down underneath the cruel restrictions.
As we speak’s modifications transfer round 5 million extra folks into Tier 3 at 12.01am on Saturday – going through a close to lockdown in all however title.
Round 38million folks can be within the highest stage of lockdown guidelines, totaling greater than two THIRDS of the inhabitants.
678,420 fortunate folks will get further freedoms as they transfer down a Tier.
Mr Hancock gave a dark replace to the nation as he introduced the modifications – only a week earlier than Christmas.
Matt Hancock mentioned that there was a significant issue in Kent – and everybody have to be cautious
He warned: “Everybody has a private duty to play their half.
“We have come up to now – we should not blow it now.”
Within the South East of England, instances are up 46 per cent within the final week alone.
He added: “The place we have seen the virus get underneath management and are available out of Tier 3, it is the place everybody has taken duty on themselves to make that occur.
“We have seen case charges fall throughout massive components of England, I do know many locations in Tier 3 have seen charges cut back.
“However in most locations we’re not fairly there but.
All of the locations altering Tiers
Full record of locations going from Tier 2 to three
- Central Bedfordshire
- Milton Keynes
- Berkshire (all remaining native authorities which can be at present nonetheless in Tier 2: Studying, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead, and West Berkshire)
- Hastings and Rother
- Gosport, Havant and Portsmouth
- Hertfordshire (all remaining native authorities at present nonetheless in Tier 2)
- Surrey (excluding Waverley)
Areas transferring down a Tier:
Bristol and North Somerset come out of Tier 3 into Tier 2
Herefordshire comes out of Tier 2 and into Tier 1
Whole folks in every Tier in England:
Tier 1 – 906,000 folks – 2% of the inhabitants
Tier 2 – 17million folks – 30%
Tier 3 – 38million folks – 68%