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UK News Covid-19 ‘third wave’ likely in January unless right balance struck with new measures, warns Dominic Raab

21:45  29 november  2020
21:45  29 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Dominic Raab refused to rule out a third national lockdown if there is another spike in cases in the new year, saying only that the Government was Mr Raab said that, with testing, “those two things are the crucial bridge to that light at the end of the tunnel in the spring”. And in an interview with BBC

Dominic Raab refused to rule out a third national lockdown if there is another spike in cases in the new year, saying only that the Mr Raab said that, with testing, “those two things are the crucial bridge to that light at the end of the tunnel in the spring”. And in an interview with BBC One’s The Andrew

England could face a third wave of coronavirus if ministers fail to “get the balance right” with restrictions, the Foreign Secretary has said.

a man wearing a suit and tie: UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab leaves the BBC headquarters in London, England on November 29, 2020. (Photo: Tayfun Salci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © Provided by The i UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab leaves the BBC headquarters in London, England on November 29, 2020. (Photo: Tayfun Salci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Dominic Raab refused to rule out a third national lockdown if there is another spike in cases in the new year, adding that the Government was “doing everything we can to avoid that”.

He made the comments in an attempt to win over his Conservative colleagues, who are critical of the three-tier system, ahead of a crunch Commons vote on the measures on Tuesday.

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Dominic Raab refused to rule out a third national lockdown if there is another spike in cases in the new year, saying only that the Mr Raab said that, with testing, “those two things are the crucial bridge to that light at the end of the tunnel in the spring”. And in an interview with BBC One’s The Andrew

20 and they are likely to extend them into January . Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Saturday the measures England is at risk of a third wave of coronavirus in the new year if the right balance is not struck on restrictions, Dominic England at risk of third Covid wave in new year, says Raab .

Mr Raab insisted the restrictions – which will place swathes of England under stringent rules from 2 December – are necessary to “bear down” on the pandemic and prevent the economic damage and loss of freedoms that a third national lockdown could bring.

Light at the end of the tunnel

a person walking in front of a building: People walk past closed shops and market stalls in Walsall town centre during England’s second lockdown on November 27, 2020 in Walsall, United Kingdom (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) © Provided by The i People walk past closed shops and market stalls in Walsall town centre during England’s second lockdown on November 27, 2020 in Walsall, United Kingdom (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, Mr Raab implied that the tiers would be downgraded in areas where the virus is retreating.

Speaking on Sky NewsSophy Ridge On Sunday, he said: “We are starting with a more restrictive approach than previously with the localised approach.

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“But that allows us to ease up when we are confident the virus is going down and stabilised – there’s a review every two weeks.”

With testing, he continued, “those two things are the crucial bridge to that light at the end of the tunnel in the spring”.

In an interview on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he further added that there was a “risk” of a third spike in case numbers “if we don’t get the balance right”.

Asked whether there would be another national lockdown if people fail to comply with the rules, Mr Raab said: “We’re doing everything we can to avoid that.”

A Tory rebellion

a man wearing a suit and tie: Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire) © Provided by The i Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

His comments came after Boris Johnson wrote to Conservative MPs offering them another chance to vote on the restrictions early next year, saying the legislation will have a “sunset of February 3”.

In a bid to head off a rebellion, the Prime Minister also said that at the first review of the measures on 16 December he would move areas down a tier where there is “robust evidence” that coronavirus is in sustained decline.

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The vote after Christmas will determine whether the tier system stays in place until the end of March.

In a further olive branch to MPs, Mr Johnson committed to publish more data and outline what circumstances need to change for an area to move down a tier, as well as analysis of the health, economic and social impacts of the measures taken to suppress coronavirus.

However, Labour shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said her party’s support was “not unconditional” and that it was seeking “clarity” about the tier system.

If Mr Johnson does suffer a major rebellion, and fails to secure Labour’s backing, the government could find it difficult to pass its motion on the tier system.

Nevertheless several MPs have said they still had reservations about supporting the restrictions in the Commons on Tuesday.

Balancing the needs of business

a group of people walking on a sidewalk: Coronavirus lockdown restrictions across England will end on December 2, with the lockdown followed by a return to a three-tiered set of regional restrictions as part of the government’s “COVID Winter Plan” (Photo: Ben STANSALL / AFP) © Provided by The i Coronavirus lockdown restrictions across England will end on December 2, with the lockdown followed by a return to a three-tiered set of regional restrictions as part of the government’s “COVID Winter Plan” (Photo: Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Conservative MP Peter Bone said he was “undecided” and would make his mind up after seeing a government impact assessment of the tier system, which is expected to be published on Monday.

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He said: “I haven’t made up my mind how I’m going to vote… The dilemma I have is do we do more damage by the tiered system of lockdown, or do we do less.”

Another senior Conservative MP, who asked not to be named, said that his vote was “still in the balance” as he urged Mr Johnson to provide an assessment of how the tier restrictions will affect business.

He said: “The Michael Gove article on Saturday – eloquent and articulate as it is – doesn’t mention business once, which doesn’t give me a lot of confidence that the Government is really considering the needs of business.”

Meanwhile, a fellow Tory MP said he would support the measures because “life trumps businesses”, and suggested some of his colleagues lacked the confidence to “do what is right” and agree to the tier system.

Asked how strong the anger is among MPs and how many might rebel, Pauline Latham, Conservative MP for Mid Derbyshire, said: “I think it will depend very much on what Boris does between now and Tuesday.

“If he produces that evidence and he can prove to us that he’s got good evidence to go on then I think he won’t have a rebellion.”

Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly will be under the lightest tier one controls, while large swathes of the Midlands, North East and North West are in the most restrictive tier 3.

In total, 99 per cent of England will enter tier two or three, with tight restrictions on bars and restaurants and a ban on households mixing indoors when the four-week national lockdown lifts on Wednesday 2 December.

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