•   
  •   

UK News Could a 'circuit breaker' STILL happen at half-term?

14:10  15 october  2020
14:10  15 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Toughest local measures could be extended as PM faces calls for circuit-breaker

  Toughest local measures could be extended as PM faces calls for circuit-breaker The Prime Minister’s new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions for England have came into effect.The Prime Minister’s new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions for England came into effect on Wednesday, but the Liverpool region is the only area to be under the toughest rules.

Nadhim Zahawi says he hopes Andy Burnham doesn't sue the government over tier 3 restrictions being introduced in Manchester.

A circuit breaker could change the course of the epidemic and buy more time, a report says. However, Prof Graham Medley, who is a member of Sage and one of the report's authors, warned we may have already "missed the boat" for a planned mini-lockdown at half - term .

Michael Gove, Boris Johnson standing next to a person in a suit and tie: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Boris Johnson is looking at placing millions of people in urban areas into a total 'circuit breaker' lockdown at half term.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove and the PM's assistant Dominic Cummings are said to be pushing for a two-week closure from October 26 - but limit it to the worst-affected parts of England.

This would allow him to appear to be taking decisive action in the face of wide-support for the measure but avoid handing a political victory to Labour leader Keir Starmer, who demanded a nationwide lockdown this week.

Chancellor warns second national lockdown would cause ‘permanent damage’

  Chancellor warns second national lockdown would cause ‘permanent damage’ Rishi Sunak backed the regional approach as Labour called for a circuit-breaker lockdown.The Chancellor took a firm stance against a nationwide shutdown, claiming such a move would hit jobs, businesses, and children’s education while also causing “permanent damage” to the economy.

What would happen during circuit breaker lockdown? “As schools will be closed for one week at half - term , adding an extra week to that will have limited impact on Leo Varadkar says government 'will respond to outbreak in North as best we can ' as country braces for circuit breaker lockdown.

Academics behind startling study which found half - term coronavirus lockdown could save up to 100,000 lives by New Year admits Britain But ' circuit breaker ' would be no different to emergency lockdown if sudden. Paper said about 107,000 Britons could die by January without a circuit breaker .

It would cover all areas in the top Tier 3 Very High category but could also include some areas currently at Tier 2 High.

It came as it was announced London will go into Tier 2 lockdown from midnight on Friday night, with ministers expected to announce Greater Manchester would be put into the highest Tier 3 later today.

Mr Johnson has not ruled out a circuit-breaker, but in a combative performance at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, he said it would mean misery for millions.

He rounded on Sir Keir Starmer over his call for the UK to be plunged back into a national lockdown for a temporary period.

The PM is also likely to have stiff opposition from the Chancellor. Responding to Keir Starmer's call for a full circuit breaker, Rishi Sunak last night said Britain was already facing an 'economic emergency' - and said Labour 'do not seem to care about the long-term stability of the public finances'.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warns circuit-breaker lockdown could cost jobs

  Chancellor Rishi Sunak warns circuit-breaker lockdown could cost jobs Rishi Sunak backed the regional approach as Labour called for a circuit-breaker lockdown.There are growing calls, particularly from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, for a two-week circuit breaker to be implemented as a means of slowing the Covid-19 infection rate.

A circuit breaker is an automatically operated electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by excess current from an overload or short circuit .

Circuit breaker halts work by stopping a stock from trading due to a number of different factors, but most commonly because of excess volatility. A halt pending news can last hours or even longer, while Volatility Pauses are usually 5min, but can be as long as 10-min. Circuit Breaker Halt Types.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie sitting in a chair: Mr Johnson has not ruled out a circuit-breaker, but in a combative performance at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, he said it would mean misery for millions © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Johnson has not ruled out a circuit-breaker, but in a combative performance at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, he said it would mean misery for millions text © Provided by Daily Mail

'We cannot allow the virus to take hold,' he said. 'We must prevent the strain on our NHS from becoming unbearable, but we must also acknowledge the stark reality of the economic and social impacts of another national lockdown.

'The costs of doing that are not abstract - they are real: they can be counted in jobs lost, businesses closed and children's educations harmed; they can be measured in the permanent damage done to our economy, which will undermine our long-term ability to fund our NHS and our valued public services; and they can be measured in the increase in long-term health conditions that unemployment causes.'

But Cabinet dove Matt Hancock is also calling for the lockdown, according to the Times.

Wales 'set for circuit-breaker lockdown in the next few days'

  Wales 'set for circuit-breaker lockdown in the next few days' Wales could be just days away from a full 'circuit-breaker' lockdown in an effort to stop the growing spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The government is speaking with the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies about what further action it can take as the crisis enters the crucial winter months.It comes after the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced he intends to bar entry from English regions with high levels of Covid-19 if Boris Johnson fails to impose UK-wide travel restrictions.

At PMQs, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he 'rules out nothing' to stop the spread of coronavirus, hinting that a ' circuit break' national lockdown could still be on the cards, but he said he was taking a regional approach.

This could amount to a closure by default, if not by law. This risks an avoidable domino-effect across local economies,” Street warned Sunak. Labour continued to pile on the pressure for a circuit - breaker lockdown, with Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

It reported they have urged Mr Johnson to make a decision within the next week on whether to persevere with his three-tier system that only came into effect this week, or immediately take more drastic measures.

Millions of Londoners face tougher lockdown from tomorrow night as Boris Johnson ramps up efforts to tackle the coronavirus surge.

The capital will face tighter Tier Two controls from midnight tomorrow after a deal was done with mayor Sadiq Khan.

It means as of Saturday nine million people will be banned from mixing with other households indoors, including in pubs and other venues.

Mr Khan has been demanding more support for hospitality businesses that could be crippled by the shift. He warned this morning that Londoners face a 'difficult winter ahead', and also repeated his call for new national 'circuit breaker' measures alongside the curbs.

'Nobody wants to see more restrictions - but this is deemed to be necessary in order to protect Londoners lives by myself, London Council Leaders and by Ministers,' Mr Khan said at City Hall.

Teaching union backs calls for two week 'circuit breaker'

  Teaching union backs calls for two week 'circuit breaker' The National Education Union (NEU) has backed calls by the Labour leader Keir Starmer to plunge the UK into a nationwide 'circuit breaker' in an effort to control the pandemic.The National Education Union (NEU) said the move, which would see secondary schools and colleges in England closed for two weeks at half-term, was urgently needed 'to allow the system to work better'.

Keir Starmer calls for ' circuit breaker ' lockdown for England – video. He suggested the shutdown, one week of which would coincide with schools’ planned half - term break, could also be Starmer suggested schools could remain open but non-essential offices and all hospitality businesses would

A two-week ' circuit - breaker ' lockdown in the UK could save thousands of lives before the New Year, leading academics have claimed. The Labour leader said a complete shutdown lasting two to three weeks could be timed to take place over half - term to minimise disruption but warned 'sacrifices'

'As part of our discussions, I've also made clear to the Government that we need more financial support for London's businesses, workers and public services as we face more restrictions - and we will continue to make this case.'

The PM is also preparing to put Greater Manchester and Lancashire into Tier Three restrictions - meaning a total shutdown of bars and even harsher restrictions on socialising.

Ministers have signalled they are pressing ahead with the drastic steps despite Manchester mayor Andy Burnham pushing for a bigger bailout and vowing to sue.

Mr Johnson reviewed the proposals this morning after they were signed off by the 'gold command' group including chief medical officer Chris Whitty.

But the news leaked after briefings with MPs from the affected areas, with confirmation due in a Commons statement by Health Secretary Matt Hancock at 11.30am.

Mr Burnham and the region's local council leaders threatened legal action if they are put into the 'fundamentally flawed' highest level of local restrictions without more financial help.

Read more

Wales heads for 'circuit breaker' lockdown .
First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to unveil the draconian move to combat a coronavirus surge after a weekend thrashing out the details. The step will heap pressure on Boris Johnson, who has been desperately resisting the option in England despite backing from his own SAGE experts. Northern Ireland and Scotland have already introduce their own national crackdowns amid spiking cases, but the PM has been sticking to his plan for local 'Tiers'.

usr: 0
This is interesting!