North East UK news Michael Gove rules out 'circuit-breaker' national lockdown MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for a national lockdown of two to three weeks which would coincide with half term and Halloween
Breaking News ! A 'circuit-breaker' national lockdown has been ruled out by Cabinet minister Michael Gove. Mr Gove was asked by Sky's Sophie Ridge on Sunday if the Government would apply the national measure favoured by Labour leader Keir Starmer, which would see a short two or three-week lockdown imposed across the entire country, in a bid to cut rising Covid-19 rates. "No," Mr Gove replied. "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.” Currently England is divided into Three Tiers of lockdown restrictions. The North East is in the Very High Tier 2 category, which allows the hospitality sector to remain open but people are not allowed to socialise indoors with people households other than their own. When asked if the Government could introduce a circuit-breaker lockdown in the future, Mr Gove said: “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.” If a circuit-breaker lockdown is implemented next week, it would shut England down over the half-term school break between Monday, October 26 and Halloween on Friday, October 31.
. 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.” Ms Green continued: “Nobody can guarantee what’s going to happen in what are the most uncertain and unpredictable circumstances but we do know what makes a difference, what actions need to be taken during those two or three weeks to begin to bear down on the rate of the spread of the virus. “We know that tracing contacts of those who have tested positive is absolutely crucial to managing the virus. Two or three weeks would give us time to put better local tracing processes in place. “We know that swift testing and getting the results back swiftly is key to managing the spread of the virus. Two to three weeks would give us time to invest in and boost our lab capacity.”
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