PARTS of England could possibly be positioned into on-off lockdowns underneath a brand new “pump the brakes” Covid technique, well being bosses have warned.
Boris Johnson has vowed to elevate the nationwide lockdown on December 2 and transfer again to regional tiers in his battle towards the killer bug.
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However giant components of the nation could possibly be positioned into rolling ‘circuit breaker’ lockdowns if an infection charges bounce again.
Division of Well being bosses warned the gloomy prospect could also be wanted as a part of a brand new “pump the brakes” technique to fight the pandemic.
They briefed regional well being chiefs final week on the potential want for draconian action even after the national shutdown was lifted.
One supply acquainted with the discussions informed The Solar: “They had been speaking about their new technique for when Boris Johnson goes again to regional measures.
“They mentioned they could want two or three circuit breakers at incremental durations.
“They’re utilizing a brand new phrase to sum this up – pumping the brakes.” The Solar understands that ministers and well being officers are discussing the potential for bringing in a harder ‘Tier 4’ when England reverts to regional measures subsequent month.
Beforehand the nation had simply three tiers of regional measures.
Paperwork launched by the federal government’s scientific advisers late final week warned the Tier 3 restrictions might have to be toughened up.
The doc, by the SPIM scientific group, mentioned the measures “might have to turn out to be progressively extra stringent over time to manage the epidemics”.
A Division of Well being insider mentioned that they had not heard of the brand new “pump the brakes” catchphrase.
However England’s Deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, used an identical line at a No10 press convention late final month.
Talking earlier than the nationwide lockdown, he mentioned: “We’re operating now with the brakes partially on – and the R is 1.3 to 1.5, in keeping with the most recent estimates – so we will’t take the brake off on this, and we might must push on the pedal slightly more durable to get it again underneath management.”
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