A senior UK Government Minister has ruled out a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown for now – despite the number of coronavirus cases in the UK continuing to rise.
Speaking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday this morning (October 18), Michael Gove flatly replied “no”, when asked if the Government would take this step, in a bid to halt the rise of the virus.
According to WalesOnline, Mr Gove said: “It would seem an error to try to impose on every part of the country the same level of restriction when we know that the disease is spreading more intensively and quicker in some parts of the country.”
However, he did not rule out the potential measure down the line, saying that “We always look at how the disease spreads and we will take whatever steps are necessary to maintain public health.
“But Kate (Green, shadow education secretary) and the Labour Party are arguing the blanket restrictions across the country at the moment and the spread and nature of the disease does not merit that at the moment.”
Kate Green said that a two to three-week circuit-breaker would give the UK time to put better local tracing processes in place.
The shadow education secretary said: “What we can see already with the local lockdowns, I mean here in Manchester, we’ve been in a local lockdown of sorts since the end of July.
“Rates are continuing to rise with the measures we have now, they’re not working so we have to try something different.”
This morning, a leaked letter suggested that Labour-run Wales would buck the trend set by the rest of the UK, imposing a three week lockdown, similar to that which we saw in March.
It comes just days after a Coventry MP called for a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown to be imposed.
In a statement sent to CoventryLive, Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South urged Health Secretary Matt Hancock to impose the alternative restriction method – instead of the current, tier based system currently in place.
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.
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” 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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