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World 'Circuit break': PM considering national restrictions on social lives to curb infections

13:26  18 september  2020
13:26  18 september  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Boris Johnson is considering the introduction of new national restrictions - possibly as soon as next week - as the prime minister races to try and get a handle on the Proposals being worked up for such a " circuit break " could see essential travel to schools and workplaces continuing, but restaurants and

Boris Johnson is considering the introduction of new national restrictions Proposals being worked up for such a " circuit break " could see essential travel to schools and workplaces Coronavirus cases are rising across the UK with a further 3,395 confirmed infections and 21 deaths reported on Thursday.

Boris Johnson is considering the introduction of new national restrictions - possibly as soon as next week - as the prime minister races to try and get a handle on the spread of coronavirus.

With COVID-19 cases now doubling every seven to eight days, the government is looking at introducing nationwide restrictions for a short period to try to "short-circuit" the virus and slow the spread of the disease.

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' Circuit break ': PM considering national restrictions on social lives to curb infections Sky News09:48 18-Sep-20. Live / UK coronavirus live : minister dismisses claim PM preparing for new two-week national …

He hinted at curbs to social lives being needed to prevent coronavirus spiralling out of control The Government has considered a two-week national shutdown, with similar restrictions to the rules at Caerphilly in south Wales was placed under local lockdown on September 8 while restrictions on

Government figures stressed the plans being drawn up stopped short of a full national lockdown, as seen in the spring, when the country was told to "stay at home".

Proposals being worked up for such a "circuit break" could see essential travel to schools and workplaces contining, but restaurants and bars would shut - or perhaps run on restricted hours - and different households would be asked not to mix.

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The restrictions could be put in place for two weeks, but the timing and duration of the measures has yet to be finalised.

It comes amid fears that daily coronavirus case numbers could, in a few weeks, hit the figures seen in March and April if the government doesn't take decisive action now and "hammer down" on the disease.

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Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer and Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser, warned the prime minister at a meeting on on Wednesday evening that the disease was now doubling every seven to eight days.

It is understood they warned the UK is now about six weeks behind France and Spain and in danger of seeing a substantial increase in the number of cases by mid-October if the virus is left unchecked.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Boris Johnson is considering the introduction of new national restrictions © Imagebridge Boris Johnson is considering the introduction of new national restrictions Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday did not rule out a second national lockdown, telling Sky News' Kay Burley: "The last line of defence is full national action and I don't want to see that but we will do whatever is necessary to keep people safe in a very difficult pandemic."

He added: "It isn't something that we ever take off the table but it isn't something that we want to see either, it is the last line of defence.

"But what I would say this morning is the country once again needs to come together and recognise there is a serious challenge.

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He said the restrictions would be in place for at least three weeks and would be kept under constant review. If a person halves their social exposure, that first infection leads to only 15 infections after 30 days. Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council, said they were working with the

And the bloc's efforts to reopen internal borders, particularly among the 26- nation Schengen area which normally has no frontier checks, have been patchy as various countries have restricted access for certain ' Circuit break ': PM considering national restrictions on social lives to curb infections .

"The virus is accelerating. Unfortunately it isn't just cases increasing, it's also the number of people ending up in hospital increasing."

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According to the Financial Times, experts on the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) have suggested a new national lockdown.

This could coincide with the October school half-term in order to limit the impact on children's education, the newspaper added.

On Thursday, localised restrictions were introduced in northeast England, which means more than 10 million people across the UK are now in some form of local lockdown.

New restrictions covering the whole of Lancashire, with the exception of two thirds of the seaside resort of Blackpool, are expected to be announced on Friday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock makes a statement on Covid-19 in the House of Commons, London, confirming local lockdown restrictions will be introduced in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham. (Photo by House of Commons/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Health Secretary Matt Hancock makes a statement on Covid-19 in the House of Commons, London, confirming local lockdown restrictions will be introduced in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham. (Photo by House of Commons/PA Images via Getty Images) Mr Hancock confirmed the government would be "making further announcements" on localised action later in the day.

"We do have to recognise that the number of cases is rising and we do have to act because we know, especially from looking at other countries, that inexorably leads to more hospitalisations and sadly more deaths," he said.

"And that is what we want to minimise and we want to protect people's livelihoods at the same time."

Pressed on how close the UK might be to a second national lockdown, the health secretary replied: "Sometimes we can't say exactly what the future holds because we're in a pandemic.

"But I can give this hope, which is that if everybody follows the rule of six, if everyone follows self-isolation if they have tested positive or if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and if everybody in the local lockdown areas follows the rules near them, then we can control this virus together.

"But only by the country pulling together."

Mr Hancock pointed to the example of Belgium as offering "hope" for the UK, adding: "They had a start of a second spike, quite similar to what we've seen over the last few weeks here, and then they took action and then it came down.

"It came down because the country, once again, came together to tackle the virus.

"In Belgium, for example, they introduced the rule of five, we've introduced a rule of six."

Responding to reports the government could be considering further national restrictions, Labour's shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: "Labour warned months ago that unless the government spent the summer fixing the testing regime then we would face a bleak winter.

"The government ignored that advice, the testing regime is collapsing and so it is not surprising national restrictions are back on the table."

Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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