The Government’s scientific advisers want a two-week national lockdown in England in October in a desperate bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, it is reported.
UK Scientific Advisers Call For A Two Week “Circuit Breaker” LOCKDOWN: There are reports a short period of national rules – described as a “circuit breaker” – could be announced in the next week with several areas already in local lockdowns, the R number above one and hospital admissions doubling every eight days.
Sage scientists have suggested a national lockdown be imposed during schoolchildren’s half-term break in October, to avoid school closures, amid fresh fears Covid-19 could “break the NHS”.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty was said to be among those pushing for a second national shutdown.
It comes as the entire North East was plunged into a local lockdown on Friday following a significant spike in cases, and several other local authorities are in danger of tough new restrictions if infections continue to soar. New restrictions covering Lancashire, except two-thirds of Blackpool, are expected to be announced on Friday.
About 10 million Britons are currently living under localised lockdowns due to a rise in cases, especially in the Midlands and northern England.
A short period of national rules, described as a “circuit breaker” lasting a few weeks, could be announced in the next week, the BBC reported.
The report said the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Whitty told a meeting on Wednesday night there would be another serious outbreak and a significant number of deaths by the end of October without intervention.
A new national lockdown has been suggested by experts on the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), the Financial Times reported.
It is said that No10 doesn’t want to close schools again, so it has been proposed that a lockdown would be in place during the October half-term break to limit the impact on children’s education.
A Sage scientist told the FT: “As schools will be closed for one week at half-term, adding an extra week to that will have limited impact on education”.
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