By Mikey Mathieson • 25 October 2020 • 13:14
Extra tough Tier Four plans are underway as Civil servants are reported to be drawing up plans if the current three-tier system fails to make a difference in the infection rates.
The new measures being discussed could see restaurants and non-essentials stores close if the current Tier 3 rules do not bring the virus under control, reported by inews. Whitehall sources told the newspaper a decision could be made by mid-November after they gather enough data to see how the current system if performing. Boris Johnson has said repeatedly that he refuses to bring back another national lockdown as this would have huge effects on public mental health and our economy.
There are other options that they are considering, one being ramping up the existing Tier 3 rules to ´tier 3 plus, circuit breaker´total locks downs in areas where the virus levels are extremely high.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4´s today’s programme, Professor Neil Ferguson, the former government science adviser said, “Unfortunately, in every other age group case numbers continue to rise at about the same rate they were. ‘There are little hints of slowing, for instance in the North East of England, but we are not seeing the sort of slowing that we really need to to get on top of this.”
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