A Coventry MP has echoed calls for a circuit breaker lockdown to be implemented, with coronavirus cases on the rise across the UK.

Zarah Sultana, the member of parliament for Coventry South, has urged Health Secretary Matt Hancock to impose the alternative restriction method.

It comes after a number of the Government’s scientific advisors on the Sage committee urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose a circuit breaker lockdown.

The idea of such a lockdown would involve a similar lockdown to that which shut down much of the UK in March.

This time, it would last for two-to-three weeks, with the purpose of stopping the current increase rate of covid infections across the UK – including in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Yesterday, latest figures for Coventry showed  there had been 643 positive cases in the last seven days – a 38 per cent increase on confirmed cases compared to last week.

At this time, instead of a circuit breaker lockdown, the Government has instead opted for a three tiered approach with different levels of restriction for different areas depending on the number of positive cases per 100,000 people in each area.

Currently, Coventry and all of Warwickshire finds itself in tier one, the lowest category – while neighbouring Solihulll, Birmingham and Leicester are in the second tier, and face tougher restrictions as a result.

What has Ms Sultana said?

In a statement sent to CoventryLive, Ms Sultana said: “In March, the Government was advised by the Sage committee to lockdown. The Government delayed by a week and senior scientists estimate that the delay cost tens of thousands of lives. I fear the same mistakes are being made again.

Cases are rapidly rising in Coventry and across the country. The Government has let the virus get out of control.

“To protect lives and livelihoods, the Government must urgently introduce a circuit breaker lockdown and new economic support. This should be focused at assisting jobs and businesses in Coventry struggling with the restrictions, such as in hospitality.”

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