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UK News Tier 3 areas may have to wait until 'January and beyond' for mass testing

03:45  01 december  2020
03:45  01 december  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Under tier three restrictions, pubs and bars will be closed, unless serving substantial meals, for a 28-day period, along with betting shops, casinos, bingo "It will mean in local areas we've talked about, intensify the measures, but we're going to have to enforce generally the social distancing, the rules

Tier Three households will not be allowed to mix either indoors or outdoors. Pubs and bars will also close in those areas , but it is understood restaurants They told Politico: “It’s going to be really hard to stomach, it’s going to go on for some time, and if people don’t follow the rules then we may have to

Some Tier 3 areas could have to wait until "January and beyond" for mass community testing, according to the programme's head of operations.

a group of people sitting at a table: Wales' first community testing scheme opened in Merthyr Tydfil earlier in November © Getty Wales' first community testing scheme opened in Merthyr Tydfil earlier in November

General Sir Gordon Messenger said coronavirus testing for people without symptoms might not be possible everywhere "all at once".

a person standing in a room: The Army helped in Liverpool - but such support won't be available everywhere © Getty The Army helped in Liverpool - but such support won't be available everywhere

He said planning was "still very much under way" for the 23 million people going into Tier 3, but that capabilities would "sequence over time".

Community testing - using tests that give a result in under 30 minutes - is credited as having enabled Liverpool to enter this week's new regime at Tier 2.

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But he said tiers would be downgraded in areas where the virus is in retreat, telling Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “We are starting with a more restrictive 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

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Boris Johnson has said expanding the system across England is vital in cutting infection rates and allowing areas to move to looser restrictions.

Speaking alongside the health secretary at Number 10, Sir Gordon said he did not know how many people mass testing would reach to being with.

He said it would "vary from region to region and from area to area".

"We are alive to the possibility that we will not be able to do this all at once, but we assess that local authorities are at varying levels of preparedness and readiness to do this," he added.

Gordon Messenger wearing a suit and tie: Sir Gordon said 'front runners' for the testing programme would be identified in the coming days © PA Sir Gordon said 'front runners' for the testing programme would be identified in the coming days

"And therefore I can see this as an offer that will sequence over time and into January and beyond.

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The government has announced which tiers areas of England will be in from 2 December. Hotels and B&Bs in tier three areas of England are allowed to accept guests for certain reasons, one of which is for people who have to When we go to Cardiff for Christmas can we stay on until the new year?

Dozens are waiting to see the findings of impact economic and social assessments, which are set to be published within hours. With Christmas round the corner, and the difficult months of January and February ahead, we will need to continue to exercise caution.'

"The priority that we accord, the levels of support we give, will be based on the infection rate, how long those areas have been under harsh restrictions, how mature their plans are, how ready they are to deliver them."

Sir Gordon said "frontrunners" in terms of their ability to put on the testing programme would be identified over the next week.

The Army will also not be able to help implement community testing in every area, he added.

About 2,000 soldiers helped with the Liverpool scheme but such support will now be targeted.

"I can say with confidence that cannot be replicated around the country, and therefore the military support, along with all other types of central support, has to be targeted where it's needed most and where it can have the greatest effect," Sir Gordon said.

He said the testing programmes would be "delivered locally with considerable support from the centre".

Hancock to reveal what tier different parts of England will be in

  Hancock to reveal what tier different parts of England will be in Millions of people are facing tough new COVID restrictions as the government brings in a tier system in England that for large parts of the country could be as strict as the national lockdown. © PA A rainbow sign in Soho, London, which is thought likely to be in Tier 2 Boris Johnson is facing a potentially damaging rebellion by dozens of Conservative MPs who are bitterly opposed to their constituencies being placed under the harshest Tier 3 measures from next week.

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He said the tiered system, the roll out of vaccines and greater mass - testing in the coming months Almost the entire nation is set to be banned from socialising indoors until Easter, officials admitted With only a few months to go until vaccines start to have an effect I think it would just be a terrible

Matt Hancock said local authorities could get funding of up to £14 for each test carried out - as he used the Number 10 briefing to state that the pandemic was "back under control".

A respected study found that infections have dropped nearly a third during England's latest lockdown, with the greatest improvement in the North.

The React study of more than 105,000 volunteers estimated 1 in 100 people in England had the virus between 13 to 24 November, a drop from the 1 in 80 reported on 2 November.

Councils under Tier 3 will be able to apply for a six-week testing programme to try to identify asymptomatic people, the Department of Health and Social Care has said.

However, concerns over the accuracy of the Lateral Flow Tests being used for community testing has prompted Sheffield council to warn care homes not to use them.

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